The Venetian Ball

The Venetian Ball, a major fundraiser for Villa Charities, celebrated two important anniversaries this year: the 40th of Villa Charities and the 150th of the unification of Italy. I was the stage director for this star-studded opera and pop concert gala. The event raised $1.25 million for the Villa Charities Foundation, an organization that provides providing culturally sensitive care for the elderly and assists individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Performers: Canadian Opera Company Orchestra & Canadian Children's Opera Company with
Measha Brueggergosman, Nicole Cabell, The Canadian Tenors, Wallis Giunta, Julie Makerov, Lauren Margison, Richard Margison, Brett Polegato, Martina Sorbara, James Valenti, Rufus Wainwright & Katherine Whyte

Executive Producer: Wende Cartwright
Music Consultant & Programmer: Neil Crory
Projection Designers: Ben Chaisson & Beth Kates
Lighting Designer: Jason Hand
Stage Managers: Jenifer Kowal, Stephanie Marrs