Tag Archive: Rehearsal

  1. Dress Rehearsal!

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    Even before we began last night’s dress rehearsal for Der Freischütz (The Marksman), I had an overwhelming sense of déjà vu – not because we had ever before produced Weber, rather because the almost unbearable nerves and excitement were reminiscent of those I had experienced prior to Opera Atelier’s first production of The Magic Flute in 1991.

    Every production is a risk, but every now and then a show appears which breaks new ground and challenges all of us in ways we could never have dreamed possible. Der Freischütz (The Marksman) is one of those shows, and last night … Read more

  2. What it takes to be a Villain – video

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    Baritone Vasil Garvanliev is the evil Kaspar in our fast-approaching production of Der Freischütz (The Marksman). He shows us here what it takes to play a villain, and what thrilling and horrifying treats are in store for you starting this Saturday, Oct 27. Don’t forget, we have a Halloween production, so if you don’t have your tickets yet this is the perfect way to get your scare this year!


    Watch Vasil the Villain here!



    Thank you to Gord Adams of Adams Design Limited for the use of video equipment.

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  3. Week two is almost over…

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    We are just finishing week two of rehearsal and I couldn’t be happier with the progress we’ve made on Acis and Galatea. The singers are magnificent – real theatre animals who love to rehearse and enjoy each others’ performances enormously.

    There’s a wonderful chemistry between Thomas Macleay (Acis) and Mireille Asselin (Galatea). Their romantic scenes have the perfect combination of sexuality and innocence – to my mind a must for a show which is taking place in Arcadia.

    Joao Fernandes (our Polyphemus) has surprised all of us with his spectacular sense of humour and comic timing. In real life … Read more

  4. The dress is over and tomorrow we open

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    I’m seated in the house of Elgin theatre preparing for this evening’s piano/tech rehearsal. I can never get over how gorgeous the Elgin is and how fortunate Opera Atelier is to have it as a home base. Whenever European performers work with us for the first time, they are invariably flabbergasted when they first enter the auditorium.


    Marc Markowski, the famous French conductor is a perfect example. When he came to Toronto to conduct Opera Atelier’s production of Dido and Aeneas he took for granted he would encounter only sterile, ultra modern architecture. When he walked into the Elgin for Read more

  5. OA artist coming to town…

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    I’ve just spent the morning and early afternoon watching our archival video of Opera Atelier’s 2003 production of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride. Despite my familiarity with the production I am still astonished by the brave and committed performances of our three principal characters, Kristina Szabo (Iphigénie), Daniel Belcher (Oreste), and Colin Ainsworth (Pylade). They broke new dramatic ground for Opera Atelier.

    I’ve been dying to return to Iphigénie from the day it closed and I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to re-examine this work with a new cast, the full corps of Artists of Atelier Ballet again Read more