Our mission, simply stated, is to be recognized internationally as the leading interpreter of period opera and to shake off the preconceptions about “period production” by re-imagining and revitalizing the great works of the entire operatic canon. We are committed to promoting this art form and Canadian artists within Canada and around the world and tour extensively to support this goal.
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10th Anniversary Mozart Performance & Blockbuster International Season
This application is for “Opera Atelier’s 10th Anniversary Mozart Performance & Blockbuster International Season”, which consists of a series of performances taking place in Toronto, October 25, 2018 to April 13, 2019. (1) Opera Atelier’s Fall 2018 season, October 25 to November 3, 2018 at the Elgin Theatre, will include: (i) Charpentier’s “Actéon”; and (ii) Rameau’s “Pygmalion”. This program will include Opera Atelier’s first Canadian commission for solo violin and contemporary dance; (2) 10th Anniversary performance of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” (the first period production in North America) featuring Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, who will be returning to the opera stage after a ten year hiatus. “Idomeneo” will run at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre from April 4 to April 13, 2019. While not part of the this project budget or attendance projections, this anniversary performance will be coupled with a year of international touring, with the 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; (3) “Harmonia Sacra", spring 2019 at the ROM: Opera Atelier will present a special choreographed concert featuring the music of Henry Purcell as well as the second iteration of “Inception”; (4) Season Opening Reception, fall 2018: will include a talk by Co-Artistic Directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg about the season production, and a performance by Opera Atelier singers; (5) Culture Days, September, 2018: Opera Atelier will offer free dance and music performances for the public in partnership with the Gardiner Museum; (6) Lecture/Performance Series, October 2018 to March 2019: Alliance Française, Italian Cultural Institute, and the Bluma Appel Theatre will host a series of lectures that will feature performances by Opera Atelier artists including Measha Brueggergosman; and (7) “Dance Through Time”, February 2019 at the ROM: two performances free of charge to all museum attendees on Family Day 2019;