Q&A with Cory Knight

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ED Cory Headshot 7793 WEBIn performing in Dido and Aeneas, what are you most looking forward to?

Dido and Aeneas is one of those musical gems that I came into contact with very early on in my studies. I’ve been fortunate enough to revisit this piece time and time again over the course of my career, and by this point I think I know every part by heart. I’m very much looking forward to some ‘boozy’ fun as the Sailor in Opera Atelier’s fall 2016 production!

What is special about performing with Opera Atelier?

My first professional opera role was with Opera Atelier. Being … Read more

Dance Coaching for Dido

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Dance Coaching Sessions Have Begun for Dido!

We spent the long weekend the way I love best – in rehearsal! At long last we brought all of the Artists of Atelier Ballet together for three intensive days, to discover what Jeannette will expect of them stylistically for Opera Atelier’s fall production of Dido and Aeneas.

It’s a new production of Opera Atelier’s most iconic opera. Opera Atelier’s Dido and Aeneas has toured internationally more than any other opera production in Canadian history – the BBC Proms (100th Anniversary/Royal Albert Hall), the Royal Opera House Versailles, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, … Read more

Dido and Aeneas

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Production still from Opera Atelier’s 2005 production of “Dido and Aeneas”. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

Of all of Opera Atelier’s repertoire, Dido remains perhaps the closest to our hearts.  In 1986 Opera Atelier was officially launched with Canada’s first staged production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, which took place at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Since that inaugural production, Dido has become one of Opera Atelier’s most important calling cards internationally, with some of Canada’s most distinguished artists singing the title role, including mezzo-sopranos Catherine Robbin, Jean Stilwell and soprano Monica Whicher.


Production still from Opera Atelier’s 2005 production of

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Costume Sale!

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It has been over five years since Opera Atelier has had a costume sale – but the time has come to once again thin out our stock of baroque fantasy garments and make room for new productions.

If you are looking for a spectacular costume for Halloween, a costume ball, a remarkable photo shoot, or just about any very special event – Opera Atelier’s costume sale is the place to be. You can look forward to an afternoon combing through corseted gowns, skirts, breaches, vests, capes, undergarments and much, much more.

Some of the attendees from our last costume sale … Read more

Saturday April 30th

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Andy Curnew and Dr. Rita Kilislian present their generous $25,000 donation to Marshall and Jeannette.

Andy Curnew and Dr. Rita Kilislian present their generous $25,000 donation to Marshall and Jeannette.

Jeannette and I participated in one of the most extraordinary cultural events of our lives at the beautiful home of Opera Atelier patrons Andy Curnew and Dr. Rita Kilislian. They were introduced to Opera Atelier by Michael Wekerle of Dragon’s Den fame. Andy and Dr. Kilislian attended our recent production of Mozart’s Lucio Silla as guests of Michael and following the performance, Dr. Kilislian made an incredibly generous donation of $25,000 to Opera Atelier in celebration of Andy’s birthday.

Opera Atelier was invited to … Read more