About Community Partnerships
Opera Atelier partners with several organizations across the GTA, both on an ongoing and per-project basis. Organizations with whom we have recently partnered on outreach initiatives include First Canadian Place, the Aga Khan Museum, Amnesty International, the ROM and Doors Open Toronto.
Opera Atelier continually seeks out new ways to interact with and engage our community at large. If you are interested in showcasing Opera Atelier, or know of an outreach opportunity that would benefit from an Opera Atelier performance, please email Opera Atelier.
A Sample of Past Events:
April 26, 2016 – Toronto Reference Library Event
7:00 p.m. at the Toronto Reference Library Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
February 14, 2016 – Family Day at the ROM
Opera Atelier will present two short family-friendly performances on February 14 at 1:00pm and 2:15pm.
The presentations will celebrate love, and include a pair of Baroque dancers in a romantic pas de deux, as well as a singer performing love songs by Mozart. Co-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski will introduce the artists.
Opera Atelier’s first performance was at the ROM in 1985, and we are thrilled to return to celebrate our 30th Anniversary Season. A great celebration of music and love for Family Day!
Join us in the Rotunda of the Royal Ontario Museum this Sunday. Performances are free with museum admission.
March 3, 2016 – Evening with Marshall and Gerard
6:30 p.m. at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 496 Huron St., Toronto
The Istituto Italiano di Cultura will host a special free, open-to-the-public lecture by Co-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski and Set Designer Gerard Gauci. The lecture will focus on Opera Atelier’s spring production Lucio Silla (April 7-16 at the Elgin Theatre), a marvelous early Mozart opera with glorious music and a libretto by Giovanni de Gamerra. It premiered in Milan in 1772. Our co-artistic directors, Marshall and Jeannette, brought their vision for Lucio Silla to La Scala in Milan last March, so with a story set in ancient Rome, an Italian librettist, and a Milanese production history, we have a true Italian connection! Please join us at the Istituto to learn more about Mozart’s Lucio Silla.
Lucio Silla Surtitles Sponsor:
March 7, 2014 – 6-9pm, The Gardiner Museum
The Gardiner Museum and Chef Simon Kattar of à la Carte Kitchen Inc present the Bistro Music Series, an exciting new food and music series featuring a sumptuous culinary experience and a musical program with performances by some of Toronto’s best musicians.
February 17, 2014 – Family Day
Thank you for joining us in celebrating Family Day! Students from Opera Atelier’s School of Atelier Ballet presented Dance Through Time (a FREE special performance) at 2pm in the Great Hall.
In partnership with the historic St. Lawrence Hall (157 King St. E.), students in period costume performed historical dances ranging from Renaissance and Baroque to 19th Century Waltzes, Tarantellas, and excerpts from the Romantic ballet. The performance was directed by School of Atelier Ballet Director and Opera Atelier Founding Co-Artistic Director Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, and featured entertaining and educational commentary from Opera Atelier Founding Co-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski.
December 4, 2013 – Bata Shoe Museum
A special Persée themed evening with The Bata Shoe Museum. Wednesday, December 4 at 6pm. Performances from the cast and corps de ballet of Persée, including Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg and Christopher Enns, with commentary by Marshall Pynkoski.
Footwear from Opera Atelier’s collection was on display during the event.
November 15, 2013 – Royal Ontario Museum, Friday Night Live
Dazzling dancing by Opera Atelier’s Artists of Atelier Ballet in costumes from Opera Atelier’s vault, and stunning vocals in the Baroque tradition by soprano Meghan Lindsay. Accompaniment performed by James Bourne on a legendary Bösendorfer concert grand piano, provided by Robert Lowrey Piano Experts.
October 7, 2013 – The Elgin & Wintergarden Chandelier Gala
Opera Atelier artists from our fall production Abduction from the Seraglio join the Ontario Heritage Trust for a special evening in celebration of the 100th birthday of the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres.
May 26, 2013 – Doors Open Toronto
Thank you, Toronto, for joining us in celebrating the annual Doors Open event! Students from Opera Atelier’s School of Atelier Ballet presented Dance Through Time (a FREE special performance) for a full house on Sunday, May 26th.
In the historic St. Lawrence Hall (157 King St. E.), students in period costume performed historical dances ranging from Renaissance to Baroque, plus 19th Century Waltzes, Mazurkas, Tarantellas and excerpts from the Romantic ballet. The performance is choreographed by Opera Atelier Founding Co-Artistic Director Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, and features entertaining and educational commentary from Opera Atelier Founding Co-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski.