Light up the night at Operanation

A blending of disparate influences, Operanation collaborates with artists from the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio (Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals) as well as contemporary musical acts and artists to light up the night at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

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Now celebrating its 11th year, Parisian recording artists, Yelle, got guests to shake and shimmy on the dancefloor. Founded by singer Yelle (Julie Budet) and co-founder/main composer GrandMarnier (Jean-Francois Perrier), they brought their unique artistry and amplified electro-pop sound to the Centre’s grand foyer. Think opera and pop can’t mix? Just ask the likes of Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Jenkins and Sarah Brightman about making popera popular.

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On top of the music, this year’s Operanation welcomed three Canadian contemporary artists, Keith Cole (creating a floating flash mob throughout the Centre), Derek Liddington (recomposing a version of Claude Dubussy’s “Jeux”), and Orest Tataryn (showing innovative neon light art installation), who have taken inspiration from this year’s theme to design activations of epic proportions.

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Bringing in an element of fashion to the stylish activations were three fashion designers (Chloe and Parris Gordon of Beaufille, Sarah Stevenson, and Kaelen Haworth of Kaelen) who partnered with the COC to create a series of slap bracelets that were an artistic expression of each designer’s signature style.

At the end, the event raised over $100,000 for the COC’s Ensemble Studio. What lies in store for next year? Who knows? But, the organizers have a lot to work to do if they want to top off this year’s celebrations.