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Behind the Scenes at the Operanation Photo Shoot


Tickets to Operanation 8: A Muse Ball, with featured performer Rufus Wainwright, went on sale this morning! The party's theme (based in part on the opera The Tales of Hoffmann, which features an artist and the women who inspire him) is the muse, and we needed a poster that would evoke high fashion and artistic inspiration.

The poster, featuring an updated twist on the three graces who appear in Botticelli's iconic painting Primavera, was photographed last month by photographer Mario Miotti, and I'm delighted to be able to give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the fashion shoot.  

First, model Robyn MacNicol had her hair and makeup done by stylist Mila from Plutino Group.


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Rufus Wainwright to headline Operanation 8: A Muse Ball

Exciting news for Torontonians who love a good party: Rufus Wainwright, the beloved Canadian singer/songwriter and, of late, opera composer, will be headlining Operanation 8: A Muse Ball

Wainwright, whose opera Prima Donna recently premiered at the Royal Opera House in London and has been announced for New York City Opera's 2011/2012 season, has been referred to as "the greatest songwriter on the planet" by no less a songwriter than Elton John. 

Operanation 8: A Muse Ball will take place at the Four Seasons Centre on the evening of Oct. 21. Tickets will be available starting Sept. 1. Mark your calendars! And for a sampling of his songwriting, both operatic and otherwise, check out this documentary trailer:

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Clara Venice at Midnight (and what's a theremin?)

Broken Social Scene isn't the only genre-bending musical guest at Operanation. When the clock strikes midnight, Operanation guests will be treated to a special performance by Canadian artist Clara Venice, who is an electric violinist, theremin artist, and singer. Her style has been described as "electro-pop-meets-cabaret-show," and she'll be outfitted by former Project Runway Canada winner Evan Biddell. Clara is keeping tight-lipped about some details of her performance: "I’ve created something extra-special and never-yet-performed, so expect a few surprises."

One particular item on Clara Venice's list of talents deserves special attention: the theremin is an instrument not everyone is familiar with (my in-browser spell check is, even at this moment, underlining it with a red squiggly line and suggesting I might want to type "therein" instead). Even if you can't picture a theremin, its sound will be instantly recognizable to you if you're interested in mid-century science fiction movies, or indeed, any of the numerous parodies of same. Heavily featured in the score for The Day the Earth Stood Still, its sound has become closely associated with alien invaders and flying saucers, and not without reason. Patented in 1928 by a Russian physicist, its sound is completely electronic and it can be played without being touched. It uses two antennae—one controlling pitch and one controlling volume—to sense the position of the musician's hands and adjust the sound accordingly. Vladimir Lenin found its innovations so impressive that he began taking lessons in theremin technique and became one of the instrument's first advocates.


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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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