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Q&A with Stephen Hegedus

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StephenHegedus ED WEBWhat is special about performing with Opera Atelier?

The truly distinctive feature of OA has to be the integration of the dancers and singers. The productions are always stunning and detailed in every way. The passion that the OA team has for this genre of opera is apparent in every show.

Stephen Hegedus, Aaron Ferguson and Artists of Atelier Ballet. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

Stephen Hegedus, Aaron Ferguson and Artists of Atelier Ballet in Persée (2014). Photo by Bruce Zinger.

In performing in Medea, what are you most looking forward to?

I am really looking forward to singing with the amazing cast of singers and dancers and of course Tafelmusik. The intensity … Read more

Q&A with Meghan Lindsay

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In performing in Medea and Dido and Aeneas, what are you most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to a season of ‘firsts’. Dido and Medea, surprisingly, are two pieces that I have yet to perform. It will be a thrill to be supporting a cast of friends and colleagues with whom I have shared the stage on many occasions. Both Belinda and Nérine are confidants to the title characters in Dido and Medea respectively. It’s a welcome challenge to play the support figure of a tragic character and I look forward to seeing what parallels I can … Read more

Q&A with Colin Ainsworth

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In performing in Medea, what are you most looking forward to? 

I’m really looking forward to performing as Jason again because he’s not the typical kind of character I get to play. He lies, he deceives, he is manipulative…he’s not a great guy but he has amazing music!

Colin Ainsworth with the company of Armide (2015). Photo by Bruce Zinger.

Why is Jason such a great role?

There are so many things about Jason that interest me above and beyond his music. He is in love with someone he shouldn’t be and tries to convince his wife, Medée, that … Read more

Q&A with Wallis Giunta

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ED WALLIS4 for WEBIn performing in Dido and Aeneas, what are you most looking forward to?

I am really looking forward to finally inhabiting the complete role of Dido. I have been singing her aria for 10 years, and have done several scenes in concert, but I am dying to sink my teeth into the full opera…especially with Marshall to guide me!

Wallis Giunta and Brett Vansickle. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

Wallis Giunta and Brett van Sickle in Opera Atelier’s 2016-2017 Season photo, by Bruce Zinger.

Why is Dido such a great role?

She is a very rare case in opera of a woman with absolute power at the centre of … Read more

“Mozart’s first true masterpiece”

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I’m going to be perfectly honest. When Marc Minkowski (Director of Les Musiciens du Louvre and Artistic Director of Salzburg’s Mozartwoche) first approached Jeannette and me with the idea of staging and choreographing Mozart’s Lucio Silla for the Salzburg Festival, it took us completely by surprise. I knew that the opera existed but I had never seen a production or even heard a recording.

How could we ever have foreseen that this opera – Mozart’s first true masterpiece – would play such an important part in our lives and careers? I was allowed the luxury of an extraordinary amount … Read more