Operanation 2013: From Sam Roberts to the opera’s best dressed, 45 photos from the temptation-filled night

Operanation 2013
Photography by Ryan Emberley

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On Thursday night the Four Seasons Centre was decidedly catering to just one season, with the expansive performance hall transformed into a luscious garden of evil. Filled with party goers and potted plants alike, the green-tinged space was all for the Candian Opera Company’s Operanation fundraising gala, themed as “A Night of Temptation” for its tenth iteration.

While all-black ensembles were by far the most popular fashion statement, texture allowed for individuality. From mesh cut-outs and ruffled pleats to velvet and sequin add-ons, the little black dress (or gown, for that matter) certainly stood out at Operanation. Darker colours, such as navy-blue and deep jade-green—as seen on soprano Leigh Anne-Allen and The Hudson Bay Company’s Megan Loach—provided a different take the all-black trend and should make inky gowns a gala must. And on the opposite end of the colour spectrum, bright primary colours stood out in the sea of dark shades, including Tatiana Read in red, FASHION’s editor-in-chief Bernadette Morra in blue Viktor and Rolf, and a hit of yellow, courtesy Odessa Paloma Parker’s Jeremy Laing number.

With all funds raised going to the COC’s Ensemble Studio (by the way, the program’s 2014 finalists will be competing at Centre Stage, a new annual event on November 26, 2013) guests were treated to the talents of both opera singers and the Sam Roberts Band. As is Operanation tradition, rock met classical music when alumna soprano Ambur Braid joined Sam Roberts on stage to perform together. Even though the event’s multimedia exhibit “Pitch Perfect” had proved that it’s not possible for a singer to break glass with her voice, Braid’s performance still had us clutching our wine glass just in case.