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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The COC's Operanation 6 Heats Up the Winter with Habanera

Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Opera Company presents its annual fundraising bash, Operanation 6 Habanera Friday February 26, 2010. Held in the crystalline Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, this must-attend event of the year brings together classic culture and young urban professionals from diverse career, social, and business circles, who share a love of the arts. This year’s exclusive cocktail reception celebrates the essence of Bizet’s most beloved opera, the sizzling hot Carmen. Guests of Operanation 6 Habanera will enjoy live entertainment, a night of Latin-inspired music and dance, specialty cocktails and fine tapas cuisine. The soiree begins at 9 p.m. and tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling 416-363-8231.

Habanera attendees will be treated to a variety of performances including one by Carmen herself, mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton. Ms Clayton stars as the sexy seductress in the COC production performed on the Four Seasons Centre stage from January 27 to February 27, 2010. Also performing is percussion quartet TorQ. Improv troupe The National Theatre of the World will create their own interpretation of scenes from Carmen and will encourage audience participation. Guests can also learn a few dance moves with City Dance Corps, and practice those moves to a mix of fiery beats by DJ Nick Fiorucci, Hi-Bias Records Inc.

Guests can sample mouth-watering cuisine featuring pomegranate chicken pinchitos, grilled rosemary lamb chops, prawn escabeche skewers, miniature pringas, and a paella bar. The evening also includes a full silent auction with luxury and specialty items such as: a $500 shopping experience at Yorkdale Mall; four tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs game; vouchers for some of Toronto’s hottest restaurants; and much more.

The past five Operanation events have attracted over 4,000 attendees and have raised almost $400,000, with all proceeds benefiting the Canadian Opera Company and its Education and Outreach Programs.

Operanation 6 Event Sponsor: TD Canada Trust Music
Operanation 6 VIP Dinner Sponsor: WeirFoulds LLP

About the Canadian Opera Company
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and fifth largest in North America, and celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2009/10. Under its new leadership of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC continues its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. The COC currently enjoys a remarkable 99% attendance rate and one of the highest subscription rates in North America. The COC performs in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. From its inauguration in 2006, the Four Seasons Centre has been internationally hailed as one of the finest opera houses in the world. The Four Seasons Centre is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada.

Canadian Opera Company Website
The Canadian Opera Company’s award-winning website,, contains information on all productions including synopses, historical background, and production photographs.



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