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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 he is only pretending to love the other woman to win favour. It’s a delicate balance he has to achieve but because of the choices he makes, he completely devastates not only his life but the lives of everyone in the opera.

Colin Ainsworth with Peggy Kriha Dye in Armide (2012). Photo by Bruce Zinger.

Colin Ainsworth with Peggy Kriha Dye in Armide (2012). Photo by Bruce Zinger.

What is special about performing with Opera Atelier?

What’s not special? You have a fantastic orchestra in Tafelmusik, stunning costumes and sets, and thrilling operas whose subject matter still resonates with us even hundreds of years after they were written.

Colin Ainsworth in The Magic Flute (2013). Photo by Bruce Zinger.

What is special about working with Peggy Kriha Dye?

Peggy and I have now done a few shows opposite each other and we completely trust each other. It is such a rewarding experience knowing that she’s going to push you to go further and know that she will expect the same from you to tell the story to its maximum potential.

Colin Ainsworth with Peggy Kriha Dye in Armide (2015). Photo by Bruce Zinger.

What do you like about Charpentier/French baroque music? 

Stunning melodies, harmonies and duets! Truly beautiful music!


Colin Ainsworth stars as Jason in Medea, playing at the Elgin Theatre Apr. 22-29, 2017 as part of Opera Atelier’s 2016-2017 season.

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