Since I am such a Handel fanatic, Opera Atelier’s new production of Acis and Galatea immediately drew my attention. How could it not? With some truly inspirational music, wonderful singers and players, and the company’s long-standing presence as a forerunner of Baroque opera in this city, all the ingredients were present to ensure a memorable evening. I was not disappointed. The beautiful simplicity of the production, its unpretentiousness and sincerity, were traits echoed in the music-making. The production had just enough darkness to give contrast to the ecstatic pastoral merriment that is so captivating for much of the piece. Glorious … Read more
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Acis is up and running and it has surpassed all of our expectations – a beautiful show, beautiful performers, beautiful music…what more could we ask for? One of our dancers (Jeremy Nasmith) has put together some video clips of some of our final rehearsals prior to our move into the theatre. You can check them out here. If you’d like to get an idea of what the real show looks like with all the bells and whistles go to http://www.torontowide.com as usual Doug Brown has done spectacular job shooting and editing excerpts from dress rehearsal.
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The voices are beautiful and the music so beautiful that you don’t want the songs to end. The singer/actors look the part of divine lovers and act their roles so convincingly that you will be truly moved by their plight. Even the monster is portrayed with enough complexity (mostly through the gorgeous music that pours out of his ‘ugly’ mouth . . . he’s actually as gorgeous as the rest of the cast, so it’s difficult to hide that!) that you almost feel sorry for the poor brute. The music is melodious and highly reminiscent of Handel’s Messiah in some … Read more
Yesterday evening we actually ran Acis and Galatea for the first time – taking two and a half hours to gradually make our way through the entire show. Acis is of course less than two hours long, but we had allowed ourselves plenty of time to straighten out entrances and exits, deal with inevitable collisions etc. Happily, we were all delighted with the results and went home feeling exhausted and invigorated at the same time. Normally I would be concerned to be running a show this early in the game – considering we still have two weeks before opening, but … Read more
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The dancers have joined us and as always, their presence adds a whole new element of excitement for all of us. Suddenly, the singers have context for a great deal of the staging I have given them – and the dancers in turn have real people to relate to rather than music stands, dance bags etc. standing in for sopranos, tenors and basses. Inevitably, there are collisions and traffic problems when arias and choruses which involve all artists are assembled for the first time – but this is part of what makes our rehearsals so much fun and so rewarding. … Read more