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At Opera Atelier, our goal is to top the previous season with every production we present. We know our patrons expect no less from us, which is why our productions strive for a level of beauty and daring that captivates and inspires our audiences to greater levels of engagement.

Jeanne Beker & Patricia Barretto (Opera Atelier's Executive Director)

Jeanne Beker & Patricia Barretto (Opera Atelier’s Executive Director)

It is this same approach we take to presenting our annual Versailles Gala. Our first gala started out as a small cocktail reception on the 68th floor of the Bank of Montreal and has now grown into one of the splashiest cultural events held in Toronto.

Lloyd Robertson & Seamus O'Regan

Lloyd Robertson & Seamus O’Regan

This glamorous event attracted some of Canada’s favourite personalities, including Lloyd Robertson, Seamus O’Regan, Patty Sullivan and Amanda Lang. The style on display was as fabulous as you would expect, and Fashion Magazine came out to capture every fashionista moment!

We raised the level to new heights this year holding our Versailles Gala at the award-winning Ritz-Carlton Toronto. The event began with a cocktail reception that featured our silent auction of more than 80 items, including some exciting trips, sporting packages, arts and cultural packages, vintage wine and some fine art and jewellery. The reception was a swirl of activity with many of our most ardent supporters mingling with a number of Toronto’s leading arts patrons, celebrities and fashionistas.

Peggy Kriha Dye, Marshall Pynkoski, Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, Bill Connor

Peggy Kriha Dye, Marshall Pynkoski, Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, Bill Connor

An eye-popping display from Made with Luv Cakes and Velvet Rope Floral, consisting of hundreds of mouth-watering pastries beautifully accented by floral arrangements, provided a stunning focal point for the reception.

Dinner was served in the ballroom that was elegantly dressed and softly lit by the Louis XVI-style candelabras, which were the prominent centrepieces on each table. Bouncing briskly to the stage, Co-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski formally began the night enthusiastically welcoming everyone before turning the duties of emceeing the evening over to Canadian fashion icon Jeanne Beker.


Artists of Atelier Ballet

Throughout the evening we were treated to some splendid performances, first by students from the School of Atelier Ballet, followed by the Artists of Atelier Ballet reprising a dance from this season’s production of Der Freischütz (The Marksman). After dinner, baritone Vasil Garvanliev performed a cheeky rendition of The Catalogue Aria from Don Giovanni. In turn, Soprano Ambur Braid gave a stirring performance of “Martern aller artern” from our upcoming fall production of Abduction from the Seraglio.


Ritz-Carlton Toronto decked out ballroom.

The evening closed with a thrilling live auction that had all of our guests on the edge of their seats as seven fantastic packages were auctioned off to the highest bidder. The final item and most-desired was the VIP 10-day stay in France, the highlight of which is attending the opening night performance of Persée at the Palace of Versailles.

The 2013 Versailles Gala turned out to be a wonderful occasion for lovers of Opera Atelier to get together and celebrate the triumphs of the season that was and look forward to the highly-anticipated season to come.

Patricia Barretto, Dan Hickey and Katalin Schäfer.

Patricia Barretto, Dan Hickey and Katalin Schäfer.

Dan Hickey, Opera Atelier Director of Development

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