Tag Archive: Tafelmusik

  1. Opening Night and Reviews

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    Our production of Der Freischütz (The Marksman) enjoyed a triumphant opening on Saturday night – hurricane or no hurricane!
    We are delighted at the audience and critical response, and wanted to share it with you as soon as possible! Please read on for more.
    We’re thrilled that Der Freischütz (The Marksman) was the feature story on the cover of the Toronto Star’s Entertainment section this Saturday! Click here to see the paper, and read the spooky story!


    Toronto Star Review: 4/4 stars!
    “breathtakingly good…This is one of those colourful, quirky, exciting nights at the theatre that will appeal to … Read more

  2. Der Freischütz (The Marksman) Director’s Notes

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    It has been a great privilege to direct this production of Der Freischütz (The Marksman). This groundbreaking work by Carl Maria Von Weber has taken all of us at Opera Atelier in directions we could never have thought possible when the company was first imagined.

    Der Freischütz is born out of a world in upheaval – politically, socially and spiritually. The Romantic revolution created a new universe in which human emotions – once meant to be rationally controlled – were now consciously explored and cultivated.

    The disenfranchised youth of the late 18th and early 19th centuries faced moral dilemmas … Read more

  3. Summertime

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    This morning, I was reminded about how long it has been since I have written a blog entry! I promise to write more regularly over the course of the summer and this is my first installment.

    Let me begin by outlining how I will be occupied over the summer now that Clemenza has wrapped up. For me, my summer schedule began officially last Sunday when students from the School of Atelier Ballet performed their Dance Through Time program in the ballroom of St. Lawrence Hall as part of Doors Open. The two performances were a great success. I always find … Read more

  4. It must be summer…

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    It’s a good thing that I find travelling to be an energizing experience. Having just returned from New York City I found myself in the midst of a crazy and extremely varied schedule which will probably not let up until the end of the summer.

    Jeannette and I are once again teaching at the Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute – Jeannette teaching period dancing to singers and instrumentalists and I am staging opera excerpts. The students come from all over the world and have an enormous variety of experience. It’s always a challenge trying to keep everyone busy and engaged. There … Read more

  5. “Conclusions say more than beginnings about the quality of the art.” R.H. Thomson blogs about Poppea

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    Conclusions say more than beginnings about the quality of the art. How a script concludes and a production lands will indicate the artistic company being kept. In film most writers can create an intriguing beginning, few an intriguing ending. The maturity of the artist usually reveals itself in the last act.


    The Coronation of Poppea landed exquisitely last night. The singers, the extraordinary music of Monteverdi, Marshall Pynkoski’s staging, the design and the work of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, all combined to create a painful beauty, a beauty etched with the emotional corruption of a decaying empire. In the concluding Read more