Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio (or Belmonte and Konstanze) premiered in Vienna on July 16, 1782. It was written for the Burgtheater, established by Emperor Joseph II as an avenue for German works of music theatre. Abduction from the Seraglio had an immediate success and became Mozart’s most popular opera during his lifetime. Ballet was part of any evening at the theatre in the 18th century and Mozart included wonderful dances in his operas. The idea of a Turkish theme had been in existence since the previous century (witness Lully’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, 1670) and indeed … Read more
“Here is where the movements of the dancers, all the while preserving the discipline of classical technique as they weave and unweave, strike us with their self control and absence of any hurriedness or tension; there is not the slightest constraint among the contiguous or juxtaposed pairs who are dancing together or opposite one another. Everything is strictly in place, measured, firm and in harmonic accord with the rhythm and tempo that flow from the orchestra.”
Akim Volynsky 1861-1926
Russian art historian and journalist on the corps de ballet
This description applies to Baroque dance forms as much – … Read more
Mozart’s Magic Castle is what dreams are made of. It is a Magic Castle filled with engaging, entertaining and educational activities for all ages. Opera Atelier and Casa Loma have teamed up to create an event in which Santa can hang out with his favorite Dragon friend, while a child can be mesmerized by a captivating performance of excerpts from Opera Atelier’s TheMagic Flute. An event where you can grab a photo with Tamino and Pamina, or chat with the Queen of the Night in a mystical library. (The Queen is most interested in conversations relating to modern … Read more
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There’s so much to see and do at Mozart’s Magical Castle this December, I don’t know where to start! We’ve got roaming, interactive characters from The Magic Flute, a Scavenger Hunt for the whole family, and even a Build-A-Dragon station. One of the most exciting events are the 17 days of performances by Opera Atelier artists.
Performances will span three disciplines: Dance, Music and Drama. Dance performances will feature two of Opera Atelier’s Artists of Atelier Ballet dancers performing choreography from The Magic Flute. Music performances will feature Opera Atelier principles Meghan Linsday and Vasil Garvanliev singing some … Read more
Der Freischütz (The Marksman)Choreographer and Opera Atelier Co-Artistic Director Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg discusses her inspiration for our new production!
From Vestris père – a famous proponent of the Baroque “noble style” – to the great Vestris fils to the Danish Romantic Ballet choreographer Bournonville, she follows the evolution of dance for the stunning choreography of the coming Romantic Ballet in Der Freischütz (The Marksman).
Thank you to Gord Adams of Adams Design Limited … Read more