Video: Obsession. Betrayal. Revenge.

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Opera Atelier is thrilled to announce the creation of our first promotional video created specifically for the company’s #Canada150 production of Charpentier’s Medea.

The video features OA soprano Peggy Kriha Dye and Artists of Atelier Ballet Madgalena Vasko and Tyler Gledhill in scenes which underline the themes of obsession, betrayal and revenge that drive the opera’s action.

Opera Atelier turned to the young, Toronto-based videographer and director Marcel Canzona to create the frenetic, edgy images which allow us a glimpse into the mind of the opera’s heroine.

– Marshall Pynkoski

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Taking aim at your heart!

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Announcing our 2017-2018 Season!

Dear friends,
We are taking aim at your heart! Opera Atelier is thrilled to present a 2017-2018 season celebrating Love as the driving force that controls our destinies. Comedy and tragedy, laughter and heartache are seamlessly blended in each of our season’s masterpieces, making them a timeless reflection on the role Love plays in all of our lives.

Opera Atelier’s Dora Award-winning production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2017) and Monteverdi’s ground-breaking The Return of Ulysses (Apr. 19-28, 2018) offer you a magnificent opportunity to experience period opera and ballet at its … Read more

Director’s Notes – Dido and Aeneas

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I doubt that any opera company in recent history has spent more time exploring Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas than Opera Atelier. It was our first fully-mounted production at the Royal Ontario Museum more than thirty years ago, and we have since toured our production to major venues in England (Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms 100th anniversary), France (Royal Opera House, Versailles), Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and throughout the US. Past Opera Atelier productions have featured some of Canada’s finest sopranos in the title role including Catherine Robbin, Jean Stillwell, Monica Whicher, and now the superb young mezzo, Wallis … Read more

Set Design Notes – Dido and Aeneas

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Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas has a special place in our hearts at Opera Atelier. It was one of the company’s first fully staged productions that over the years, in varied iterations, has charted our growth as artists and reflected our evolving creative vision. Early productions featured elaborate period make up and hairstyles, lavish baroque costumes and grand forced-perspective architectural sets. This new production strips away much of that surface décor and leaves us with a vision that both highlights the wild emotional trajectory of the story and points to the underlying environmental conditions that lead to the meeting, uniting and … Read more

Choreographer’s Notes

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Dido and Aeneas is part English Masque and part Italian Opera. It is unique in the works of the great English composer Henry Purcell (1656–95). The libretto is based on books one through four of The Aeneid. The opera was written for performance at a girls boarding school run by dancing master Josias Priest. It was first performed in October or December, 1689 (it may already have had a private court performance). The young ladies for whom this opera was written had received extensive and expert training in singing and dancing. The male roles were undertaken by professional performers. … Read more