2018-2019 Season

Bringing Art to Life and Life to Art

Opera Atelier’s 2018-2019 season brings art to life with two rare and exceptional creations. We open with a French Baroque double bill (Oct. 25, 2018-Nov. 3, 2018 at the Elgin Theatre): Charpentier’s Actéon, coupled with Rameau’s glittering masterpiece, Pygmalion. Next, Canadian superstar soprano Measha Brueggergosman returns to the Toronto opera stage in her award-winning performance as Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo (April 4-13, 2019 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre). We invite you to join us for a season that promises to bring Art to Life and Life to Art. 

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Charpentier’s Actéon and Rameau’s Pygmalion (Oct. 25, 2018-Nov. 3, 2018 at the Elgin Theatre)

Mozart’s Idomeneo (April 4-13, 2019 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre)

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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

 


Charpentier Actéon & Rameau Pygmalion   

October 25 – November 3, 2018

Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St., Toronto

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“…powerful, lyrical, emotional … dazzling” – Globe and Mail

“…one is unlikely to find a better production anywhere else” – Toronto Star

Actéon – the story of the young hunter turned into a stag – and Pygmalion – the story of a beautiful statue magically brought to life – are transformed into riveting operatic masterpieces in the hands of Charpentier and Rameau, two of the greatest composers in French music history. Canadian tenor Colin Ainsworth is featured in both title roles here in Toronto and on our international tour to Chicago and Versailles, France.

Performed in French with English Surtitles.

The performance runs approximately two and a half hours, including intermission.

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Starring:
Colin Ainsworth (Actéon & Pygmalion), Mireille Asselin (Diana & Amour), Allyson McHardy (Juno & Céphise), Jesse Blumberg, Christopher Enns, Meghan Lindsay, Cynthia Smithers and Anna Sharpe.

With Artists of Atelier Ballet, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Elisa Citterio, Music Director) under the baton of David Fallis, and the Chorus of the University of Toronto Schola Cantorum, along with members of the Choir of the Theatre of Early Music, under the direction of Lead Vocal Consultant and Chorus Master Daniel Taylor.

The complete performance schedule for Actéon & Pygmalion is:

Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7:30

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:30

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:30

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 4:30


Mozart Idomeneo

April 4 – 13, 2019

Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St., Toronto

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“As Elettra, Brueggergosman … unleashed the full power of her voice to phenomenal effect.” Opera News

“Flawless… Opera Atelier has scored one of its greatest triumphs.” Toronto Star

The radiant Canadian superstar Measha Brueggergosman makes a triumphant return to Opera Atelier as Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo – the role which won her a Dora Award and international accolades. She is joined by a thrilling cast of Canada’s finest singers, including tenor Colin Ainsworth in the title role, mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta as Idamante and soprano Meghan Lindsay as Ilia. Brimming with Mozart’s show-stopping arias, deeply emotional ensembles and spectacular dancing, Idomeneo tells the story of the Greek hero who is forced to choose between the life of his son and a terrible promise he has made to the god of the sea.

Starring:
Colin Ainsworth (Idomeneo), Measha Brueggergosman (Elettra), Wallis Giunta (Idamante), Meghan Lindsay (Ilia), Olivier Laquerre (Arbace), Douglas Williams (Neptune), and Bradley Christensen (Priest). With Artists of Atelier Ballet, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Elisa Citterio, Music Director) under the baton of David Fallis, and the Chorus of the University of Toronto Schola Cantorum, along with members of the Choir of the Theatre of Early Music, under the direction of Lead Vocal Consultant and Chorus Master Daniel Taylor.

Performed in Italian with English Surtitles.

The complete performance schedule for Idomeneo is:

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7:30

Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:30

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3:00

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:30

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 4:30


Actéon & Pygmalion and Idomeneo will be directed by Marshall Pynkoski and choreographed by Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, with set design by Gerard Gauci, lighting design by Michelle Ramsay and costume designs by Michael Legouffe and Margaret Lamb respectively.

Opera Atelier’s blockbuster performance of Mozart’s Idomeneo in April 2019 will be a unique opportunity for Opera Atelier to celebrate:

· The 10th anniversary of the Canadian premiere of our award-winning production of Idomeneo, the first period production in North America.

· A return to the opera stage by Canadian superstar soprano Measha Brueggergosman, after a hiatus of one decade.

This anniversary performance will be coupled with a year of unprecedented international touring for OA, with our company making its debut at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy, and returning to the Royal Opera House in Versailles, France.


What’s New in 2018-2019

On the World Stage – In 2018, Opera Atelier’s creative team opens the Rossini Opera Festival in Italy with a new production of Ricciardo e Zoraide. Then, our Actéon & Pygmalion double bill tours to the Royal Opera House in Versailles as well as The Harris Theater, Chicago.

New Creation – After a brilliant premiere at the Royal Chapel in Versailles in 2017, Opera Atelier is further developing our commission of a new piece of Canadian music and dance for a performance at Versailles in 2018.

Artist in Residence – In addition to singing this season’s title roles, Canadian tenor Colin Ainsworth is our Artist in Residence in 2018-2019. Colin will share his artistry with the next generation of Canadian singers in masterclasses, and will join us for our Making of an Opera program for diverse Toronto-area high school students.

“Ainsworth has always been blessed with an unusually high, pure tenor… it thrills with remarkable power and expressivity.” Stage Door

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