How mu­si­cians are prep­ping for the Cana­dian Opera Com­pany’s an­nual fundraiser


The Cana­dian Opera Com­pany’s Oper­a­na­tion fundraiser takes place at the Four Sea­sons Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, where par­ty­go­ers and per­form­ers alike will schmooze, revel and en­gage in “a night of cu­riosi­ties.” All pro­ceeds from the bash go to the Ensem­ble Stu­dio, a train­ing pro­gram for emerg­ing mu­si­cians. We asked three of its mem­bers to share how they’ll be get­ting ready for the party.


Most ex­cited for: “Def­i­nitely the fash­ion. Toronto has a well- dressed opera scene, so I have very high ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Pre- party rit­ual: “I do a lot of my own sewing and em­bel­lish­ing, so I’m usu­ally fin­ish­ing up part of my ensem­ble last minute. But when I have the time I like to go old school and take my sweet time in front of a well-lit mir­ror with some hot rollers and French jazz. Maybe some wine if I’m not singing. It’s all hor­ri­bly ro­man­tic, and I ab­so­lutely love it.”

Back­stage beauty tips:

“Prim­ing is more im­por­tant than it feels. Make sure you wear a long- last­ing, no- smudge lip colour. A well- de­fined eye­brow is ev­ery­thing. Al­ways use a set­ting spray, es­pe­cially if it’s go­ing to be a good (warm) party.”


Most ex­cited for: “I can’t wait to see how won­der­fully cu­ri­ous peo­ple are! I plan on let­ting my freak flag fly. I hope I’ll find my­self among kin­dred spir­its.”

Party prep: “Re­hears­ing! I’ll be per­form­ing through­out the evening and I can’t wait to make my Oper­a­na­tion de­but along­side this year’s special guest, Kiesza. My pre-party rit­ual en­tails a long steam shower and putting on makeup while jam­ming to happy dance mu­sic.”

I’ l l be wear ing: “The evening’s theme ‘a night of cu­riosi­ties’, has my mind ring­ing with a ca­coph­ony of cu­ri­ous out­fit ideas. I’m in the midst of hand-paint­ing a skirt and craft­ing ex­cit­ingly alive jewellery pieces made with flow­ers.”


Most ex­cited for: “I can’t wait to see Kiesza per­form. Oper­a­na­tion is an amaz­ing event ev­ery year be­cause it has cre­ated a space for orig­i­nal and ex­cit­ing mu­si­cal col­lab­o­ra­tions. Last year’s pop- opera mashup be­tween Dragonette and so­prano Am­bur Braid blew me away.”

I’ll be wear­ing: “I’m not a ‘ l it­tle black dress is best’ kind of a gal. I have to wear so much black pro­fes­sion­ally that when I get the chance to party on my own time, I’ll def­i­nitely pull a bright- coloured out­fit out of my closet.”

Back­stage beauty tips:

“I lean to­ward a nat­u­ral, sim­ple makeup style, which comes in handy as a pi­anist. I’ve picked up a few things here and there, though, es­pe­cially with how im­por­tant it is to highlight the eye­brows, cheeks and lips.”

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