Tag Archive: Alcina

  1. Set Designer’s Notes

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    The sorceress Alcina has been floating around the Opera Atelier office for a long time now.

    Marshall and I have talked for years about producing Handel’s “magic opera” and each time we approached it we stepped back, unsure of how to tackle the scenic transformations so necessary to the telling of this story based on Ariosto’s great Crusades-inspired poem “Orlando Furioso”. It was only after a chance viewing of a brilliant ballet film by Toronto’s Krystal Levy Pictures that we began to think about the possibilities of video projection and our doubts about producing this opera vanished.

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  2. Alcina Outtakes

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    At Opera Atelier, we take the imaging of the company very seriously. This being said, a five hour shoot involving seven naked people and little more than thousands of fall leaves to ensure a sense of modesty requires a sense of humour.

    We thought it would be interesting to give our friends a behind-the-scenes look at our beautiful Alcina image. It gives you an idea of the sort of magic that is worked by photographer Bruce Zinger, and all of our artists and creative team.


    Alcina’s “dress of leaves” under construction following two days of building.


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  3. Classical References for a Modern Image

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    The great 20th century painter Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola) once said

    “real modernity is in the reinvention of the past, in refound originality, based on experience and discovery”

    Vanished Splendors: A Memoir

    This point of view makes perfect sense to the entire creative team at Opera Atelier. In the case of production images, we draw our inspiration from iconic images from the past which we then reinterpret for our audience.

    When Gerard Gauci produced his preliminary sketch for Alcina, he unconsciously placed her in a posture which is as old as the earliest sculpted images of Venus/Aphrodite. The … Read more

  4. Creating the Alcina image – Gerard and the first design

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    Meghan Lindsay and the Artists of Atelier Ballet. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

    Meghan Lindsay and the Artists of Atelier Ballet. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

    On Tuesday we released Opera Atelier’s official image for Handel’s Alcina and the response has been amazing. Both the photo and the video have attracted enormous attention on social media, and the interest continues to grow in Canada, the US and Europe!

    Many people have asked us how we go about crafting an image of this sort – What is the inspiration? Where does it begin? Who is involved? etc…

    The imaging of a production like Alcina is as important to us as every other aspect of … Read more

  5. The stunning 14-15 season at Opera Atelier!

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    The time has finally come: today we get to share with you details of Opera Atelier’s 2014-2015 season and we couldn’t be more excited!

    There are lots of ways to check out all the great stuff we have in store for you!

    1.     The Toronto Star – check out this great Star story about our amazing season photo shoot!
    2.     Our website – we have details posted about our 14-15 shows here. (Don’t miss the video!)
    3.     Our Facebook page – get a sneak peek at some of the inspiration behind our season image.
    4.     This blog – check back … Read more