Arts enthusiasts and the opera-curious are invited to the 14th annual Operanation on Thursday, May 17th

Canada’s largest producer of opera, the Canadian Opera Company (COC), presents the hottest party of the spring, Operanation: Into the Stars on Thursday, May 17th, presented by TD Bank Group. Now in its 14th year, Operanation blends party and performance, making it a perfect night out for art enthusiasts and the opera-curious. This year’s theme is “Into the Stars”, which will transform Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts into an Ancient Roman celebration inspired by the upcoming world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian.

Headlining this year’s Operanation is a performance by electro-pop duo, Brave Shores, in a genre-bending collaboration with rising young opera stars of the COC Ensemble Studio. Best known for their hit song ‘Never Come Down,’ Toronto-based siblings Jay and Stefanie McCarrol have been playing music together their entire lives and recently released a new single, ‘Cult Kids’.

Before the party kicks off, Operanation features a sold-out VIP dinner, hosted by Cartier. VIP guests have full access to Operanation festivities and will begin their night with a private cocktail reception, followed by an exquisite meal and performance by members of the Ensemble Studio. This intimate experience is hosted by etalk’s Devon Soltendieck in the stunning, two-storey Henry N.R. Jackman Lounge overlooking bustling Queen Street West.


Operanation is a community-oriented initiative. 100% of proceeds go toward the COC Ensemble Studio, the nation’s premier training program for young Canadian opera artists. Ensemble Studio artists regularly enrich our cities, neighbourhoods, and towns by performing at schools, community centres, and other public spaces during their training, in addition to roles in COC mainstage productions. Attending Operanation is a meaningful way to support emerging talent and help generate positive artistic experiences with significant social and cultural benefits.

Party tickets are available now for $150 and include open bar, delectable eats, a musical performance and much more. Tickets are available online at coc.ca or by calling the COC Box Office at 416-363-8231.









Presenting Sponsor: TD Bank Group      

Partnering Sponsor: Burgundy Asset Management

Supporting Sponsor: Ernst & Young                        

Artist Supporter: Drake Hotel

Contributing Sponsors: KSV Advisory, Torys LLP

Event Sponsors: Aperol, BT/A, Campari, Chairman Mills, FASHION Magazine, Faulhaber  Communications, Mill St. Brewery, Perrier, Pink Twig, Ryan Emberley, Spirit of York Distillery, 10Tation Event Catering, Toronto Life, Trius, Wellington Print

The COC Ensemble Studio, underwritten in part by Peter M. Deeb, Marjorie and Roy Linden, Sheila K. Piercey, RBC Foundation and The Slaight Family Foundation, is Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals and provides advanced instruction, hands-on experience, and career development opportunities. The Ensemble Studio is also supported by the Government of Canada, the Hal Jackman Foundation and other generous donors.



Operanation is the Canadian Opera Company’s premier fundraising event. For arts patrons as well as the opera-curious, Operanation presents a unique experience, equal parts party, and performance, with special collaborations between classic and modern music and complementary art forms ranging from visual arts to fashion. Attracting over 1,000 guests, Operanation takes over three floors of the COC’s opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Funds raised for Operanation are directed towards the COC’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. For more information on Operanation, visit operanation.ca. 


Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006. For more information on the COC, visit coc.ca.

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