Just a heads up that mezzo soprano Kimberly Barber (who gave such a spectacular performance of Ottavia in OA’s recent production of The Coronation of Poppea) is about to launch her most recent CD called L’Accordéoniste.
When I think of Kim, I think of her superb interpretations of Handel as opposed to the raunchy songs of Kurt Weill and his 1920s German cabaret contemporaries which this cd will feature. This being the case I can’t help but imagine the CD launch will be a revelation. Here’sall the information you need to enable you to attend the launch on … Read more
I want to send all of you our belated but nonetheless heartfelt thanks for taking the time to write your impressions of Poppea on behalf of Opera Atelier. You blogs have been read by hundreds of people and we have every reason to believe that they impacted positively on ticket sales and the public’s perception of this work.
Your observations generated a great deal of positive feedback and interaction with OA audience members and this is exactly as we had hoped it would be. Also, what with your impressions appearing so early in our run, you … Read more
This morning I was standing on the corner of Queen and Yonge waiting for the light to change, and a delightful young woman I had never met before came rushing up to tell me how much she has loved Poppea. She went on to explain that she has been attending OA performances for the past five years but that she feels was the best yet. In some respects I have to agree, but then I always feel our most recent show to be the most successful of any we have produced. At any rate, it was great to once … Read more
I was pleasantly surprised when my somewhat flippant and definitely silly pop-song-referencing “tweet” summarizing the plot of the opera, (“To hell with virtue and fortune, Love Conquers All! (That’s Amore, And They Called it Poppy Love)”) was one of the winners of a pair of tickets for the Poppea performance through the Collaborative Piano Blog contest. With the additional purchase of a $20 student ticket, I seized the opportunity to take my two teen-aged kids to their first Opera Atelier production. I thought that perhaps you may not get much feedback from that generation and therefore might like to hear … Read more
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Jeanne Beker, the fashion maven herself on Poppea:
I never fail to be transported whenever I drink in an Opera Atelier production. But The Coronation of Poppea is especially mesmerizing–for its sumptuous sets and costumes, profoundly beautiful music, gorgeous choreography, and utterly compelling performances. Marshall Pynkoski is the real hero here: His insightful direction is wonderfully inspired, taking us on a magnificent theatrical journey that dishes out countless memorable moments. The outrageously dark nature of what drives some of these ultra colourful characters provides plenty of engrossing food for thought, as we lap up all those intriguing, blurred lines … Read more