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.

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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.

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Friday – Party for Under-30s with Artists!

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Calling all under-30 Opera Atelier patrons! This Friday April 15 at the Elgin Theatre, following the performance of Mozart’s Lucio Silla, join us for a drink in the lobby to chat with your fellow young patrons and Opera Atelier artists.


How can you get involved in this special party?

Buy tickets through our Operatix program for opera lovers aged 15-30 for our Friday, April 15 performance of Mozart’s Lucio Silla and join us for this special mixer! Operatix tickets are available for all performances – but only attendees on Friday, April 15 get to enjoy this special event.

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Choreographer’s Notes: Lucio Silla

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Mozart was an avid dancer from an early age, composing pantomimes and masquerades in which he himself participated, with a professional ballet master setting the steps. He even took classes with the famed dancer, Vestris, when he was in Paris where he wrote his ballet “Les Petits Riens”. Mozart was very involved in the setting of the dances for his operas. For Idomeneo, for example, his suggestions regarding the dancers to perform in each section appear in the margins of his score. In 1772, when he received the commission to compose Lucio Silla for the newly built Teatro alla … Read more