Tag Archive: Bruce Zinger

  1. 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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  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 2013-2014 Photoshoot #2!

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    Last night at the Elgin Theatre, the OA team assembled to take photos to promote our upcoming 2013-2014 season. Opera Atelier’s beautiful photos are an important part of our company brand, and are always carefully conceived and art-directed by our incomparable Co-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski. We were privileged to work with a lovely core team of OA artists, both in front of and behind the camera. Thanks to everyone for their great work!

    We can’t wait to share the final shots with you.

    (To see the results of photoshoot #1, click here!)

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  5. A stunning Perseus and Andromeda

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    There’s nothing I love more than a photo shoot in preparation for an upcoming season. I adore the whole process of trying to visualize what we want the productions to feel like and grappling with the creation of an image that will speak to our audience. We decided to create a new image for our production of Lully’s Persée. Rather than focussing on Medusa, we are now turning our attention to the relationship between Perseus and Andromeda and the motif of rescue.

    Opera Atelier dancers Juri and James, Photo by Bruce Zinger for 2014 production of Persée.

    Dancers Juri and James, Photo by Bruce Zinger.

    We had a thrilling, exciting, hilarious shoot in … Read more