2016-2017 Season

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Opera Atelier’s 2016-2017 Season focuses on powerful heroic women – women who take their destinies into their own hands through acts of self-sacrifice and aggression that the Baroque world normally associates only with men.

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Oct. 20-29, 2016) and Charpentier’s Medea (Apr. 22-29, 2017) represent the pinnacle of 17th century Baroque opera in all its glory.

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After three decades and more here in Toronto, Opera Atelier is being discovered around the world, but home is still Yonge Street’s Elgin Theatre.” – Globe and Mail

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Dido and Aeneas by Henry purcell (Oct. 20-29, 2016 at the Elgin THeatre)

“Wallis Giunta, one of Canada’s great rising operatic stars will be Dido in the fall production… one of the great English operas of all timeGlobe and Mail

Dido, the widowed queen of Carthage, embarks on a blatant affair with the mesmerizing Trojan prince Aeneas. When he abandons her, she bravely embraces her one alternative to a life of humiliation and regret.

Starring:

Wallis Giunta – Dido

Christopher Enns – Aeneas

Meghan Lindsay – Belinda

Laura Pudwell – Sorceress

Cory Knight – Sailor

Ellen McAteer – First Witch, Second Lady

Karine White – First Lady, Second Witch, Mercury

Featuring:

Artists of Atelier Ballet

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Guest Choir: Toronto Children’s Chorus Choral Scholars, Elise Bradley, Artistic Director

 

The full performance schedule for Dido and Aeneas is:

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:30pm

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7:30pm

Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 3:00pm

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7:30pm

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:30pm

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 4:30pm

 

medea by marc-antoine Charpentier (Apr. 22-29, 2017 at the Elgin Theatre)

“fresh from its resounding success with Armide in Versailles, France, late last year, [Opera Atelier] has been invited back by Versailles director Laurent Brunner to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with Medea.”Toronto Star

Medea, the powerful princess, forsakes her family and country to assist her lover Jason in his quest for the golden fleece. When he betrays her, she exacts a dizzying vengeance of which only a sorceress could be capable.

Starring:

Peggy Kriha Dye – Medea

Colin Ainsworth – Jason

Mireille Asselin – Créuse

 

Jesse Blumberg – Oronte

Christopher Enns – Jealousy, Soldier

Stephen Hegedus – Créon

Olivier Laquerre – Vengeance, Soldier, Arcas

Meghan Lindsay – Nérine

Kevin Skelton – Soldier

Karine White – Cléone

 

The full performance schedule for Medea is:

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30pm

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3:00pm

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:30pm

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7:30pm

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 4:30pm

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