What it’s like to co-chair Operanation (+ what to wear to this year’s event)
For those who watched episode upon episode of charity galas, masquerade balls and silent auctions on Gossip Girl, wondering “yeah, but actually?”—This one’s for you. This year, I ascended the ranks of Waldorf wannabes everywhere by becoming a co-chair of Operanation, the Canadian Opera Company’s annual gala. In its 11th year, the event aims to raise funds for the company while engaging Toronto’s hip, social types in one of high culture’s oldest art forms. On the level, Operanation also has a reputation for being one of the best parties of the season, something I, along with my co-chairs Patrick Sambrook and Anne Maggisano and our group of stylish committee members hope to uphold with this year’s event.
This year’s theme, Light up the Night, is what I like to describe as “Pablo Picasso goes to a rave.” Translation? A nutty blend of the COC’s current production of The Barber of Seville and flashing lights. In addition to a performance by French dance-pop band Yelle, guests can expect collaborations with plenty of local artists including designers Kaelen, Beaufille and Sarah Stevenson who created limited-edition slap bracelets (yes, slap bracelets), which will act as wearable raffle tickets throughout the night.
For a preview of this year’s event, flip through the gallery of behind the scenes shots as well as a series of outfit selects from some notably stylish attendees. See you there!
To purchase tickets to Operanation 2014, visit coc.ca.