Opera Atelier’s 2016-2017 Season focuses on powerful heroic women – women who take their destinies into their own hands through acts of self-sacrifice and aggression that the Baroque world normally associates only with men.
Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Oct. 20-29, 2016) and Charpentier’s Medea (Apr. 22-29, 2017) represent the pinnacle of 17th century Baroque opera in all its glory.
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“After three decades and more here in Toronto, Opera Atelier is being discovered around the world, but home is still Yonge Street’s Elgin Theatre.” – Globe and Mail
Dido and Aeneas by Henry purcell (Oct. 20-29, 2016 at the Elgin THeatre)
“Wallis Giunta, one of Canada’s great rising operatic stars will be Dido in the fall production… one of the great English operas of all time“ – Globe and Mail
Dido, the widowed queen of Carthage, embarks on a blatant affair with the mesmerizing Trojan prince Aeneas. When he abandons her, she bravely embraces her one alternative to a life of humiliation and regret.
Wallis Giunta – Dido
Christopher Enns – Aeneas
Meghan Lindsay – Belinda
Laura Pudwell – Sorceress
Cory Knight – Sailor
Ellen McAteer – First Witch, Second Lady
Karine White – First Lady, Second Witch, Mercury
Artists of Atelier Ballet
Guest Choir: Toronto Children’s Chorus Choral Scholars, Elise Bradley, Artistic Director
The full performance schedule for Dido and Aeneas is:
medea by marc-antoine Charpentier (Apr. 22-29, 2017 at the Elgin Theatre)
“fresh from its resounding success with Armide in Versailles, France, late last year, [Opera Atelier] has been invited back by Versailles director Laurent Brunner to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with Medea.” – Toronto Star
Medea, the powerful princess, forsakes her family and country to assist her lover Jason in his quest for the golden fleece. When he betrays her, she exacts a dizzying vengeance of which only a sorceress could be capable.
Peggy Kriha Dye – Medea
Colin Ainsworth – Jason
Mireille Asselin – Créuse
Jesse Blumberg – Oronte
Christopher Enns – Jealousy, Soldier
Stephen Hegedus – Créon
Olivier Laquerre – Vengeance, Soldier, Arcas
Meghan Lindsay – Nérine
Kevin Skelton – Soldier
Karine White – Cléone
The full performance schedule for Medea is: