2017-2018 Season

We are taking aim at your heart!

Opera Atelier is thrilled to present a 2017-2018 season celebrating Love as the driving force that controls our destinies. Comedy and tragedy, laughter and heartache are seamlessly blended in each of our season’s masterpieces: our Dora Award-winning production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Oct. 26 – Nov. 4) and Monteverdi’s ground-breaking The Return of Ulysses (Apr. 19 – 28).

Come and marvel as Opera Atelier presents the most beautiful opera imaginable at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre!

Click here to download the 2017-2018 season brochure.


This season, we are also thrilled to present the Canadian premiere of our first-ever new Canadian commission, as part of a gorgeous one-hour concert experience melding musical masterpieces by the great English composer Henry Purcell with baroque dance. Join us on February 15, 2018 for Harmonia Sacra at the ROM.

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

Click here to read the full 2017-2018 media release.


THE RETURN OF ULYSSES by C. Monteverdi (Apr. 19-28, 2018 at the Elgin Theatre)

“a masterpiece … visually stunning and profoundly moving” – Stage Door

Monteverdi’s deeply moving opera recounts the return of the Greek king Ulysses to his family after a twenty-year absence fighting in the Trojan War. This production abounds with gods, goddesses, flying machines and magical transformations, and features tenor Krešimir Špicer, whose definitive performances in the title role have thrilled audiences around the world.

The Return of Ulysses is sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Read the full synopsis here.

Click here to view a PDF of the full Ulysses program.


Opera Atelier is thrilled to present dramatic tenor Krešimir Špicer in the title role. His definitive performances have received superlative reviews in major theatres and festivals throughout Europe and the US, including BAM (New York), the Barbican (London), the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Paris) and the Berlin State Opera. Špicer is joined in this production by Mireille Lebel (Penelope), Carla Huhtanen (Fortuna/Melanto), Christopher Enns (Telemaco), Isaiah Bell (Eurimaco), Aaron Sheehan (Eumete), Douglas Williams (Suitor/Time), Kevin Skelton (Suitor/Jupiter), Michael Taylor (Suitor), Laura Pudwell (Nurse), Stephen Hegedus (Neptune), and Meghan Lindsay (Minerva/Cupid).


Artists of Atelier Ballet

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Designs by Gerard Gauci (sets) and Michelle Ramsay (lighting)

The performance runs approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission.

The complete performance schedule for The Return of Ulysses is:

Thursday Apr. 19, 7:30pm

Saturday Apr. 21, 7:30pm

Sunday Apr. 22, 3:00pm

Tuesday Apr. 24, 7:30pm

Friday Apr. 27, 7:30pm

Saturday, Apr. 28, 4:30pm

Audience Advisory: This production contains strobe lighting and theatrical haze.

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