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Oct 7, 2013

Hockey Night at the Opera


Which two Ottawa organizations put on really big shows, in really big venues, have loyal and passionate fans, tons of talent and teamwork and always support big scores?

OTTAWAOpera Lyra Ottawa, The Ottawa Senators Foundation and the Italian Canadian Community Centre have teamed up to combine the power and passion of hockey and opera for a unique and memorable gala fundraising event on October 30th at the Sala San Marco Banquet Hall in Little Italy. Media Photo/Op – Oct. 8th details below.

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Honourary Co-Chairs His Excellency Gian Lorenzo Cornado, Ambassador of Italy, and Cyril Leeder, President of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club host this fundraising gala dinner to raise awareness and funds in support of two vital activities in Ottawa – social and recreation programs for youth and opera. “We are very proud to be part of this unique event and the opportunity to work with Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado.” Says Cyril Leeder. “While hockey and opera may seem like strange teammates we are glad to be working together on the same team to raise money for local children and youth.”

Hockey Night at the Opera will benefit the Ottawa Senators Foundation and Opera Lyra. Guests will enjoy fine Italian cuisine during this boisterous and memorable evening. A live and silent auction will feature a selection of unique items and priceless experiences from businesses, artists and supporters in the National Capital Region, including Ottawa Senators memorabilia. Mike Giunta and Pat Santini are the co-hosts for the evening.

During the course of the evening, arias will be sung by soprano Lara Ciekiewicz and mezzo-soprano Arminè Kassabian both of whom performed in Opera Lyra’s recent sold out production of Carmen. Joining the festivities will be Ottawa Senators’ anthem singer, Lyndon Slewidge, organist Greg Drover and members of the Sens alumni.

Media Photo Video Op – Tuesday, October 8th – 12 noon – Sala San Marco Banquet Hall – 215 Preston Street, Little Italy. A little opera, a big Spartacat, along with Cyril Leeder and Victor Rabinovitch Chair of Opera Lyra’s Board will have answers to questions such as – When did Lyndon Slewidge last perform with Opera Lyra? And when did Sparty attend the opera? And who sings opera in the locker room shower?

About Opera Lyra and the Ottawa Senators Foundation:
Opera is a vibrant, dramatic art form that enriches the community. Opera Lyra creates productions that provide audiences with powerful performances of musical drama, support Canadian artists and educate our youth. The Ottawa Senators Foundation empowers children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in incredible social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness.

Hockey Night at the Opera will be an exclusive opportunity to meet and mingle with 500 of Ottawa’s leading citizen and enjoy an unforgettable evening of dining and music at Sala San Marco, Little Italy.

For table sales and individual tickets, contact:
Angelo Filoso, Italian Canadian Community Centre, 613-567-4532,
Anne Troise, Opera Lyra, 613-233-9200 x 229,