Opera Atelier have announced their 2018/19 season. As usual, there are two shows. In the Fall there is a double bill of Charpentier’s Actéon paired with Rameau’s Pygmalion (Oct. 25 – Nov. 3, 2018). Colin Ainsworth, who has also been named as OA’s first “artist in residence”, features in both title roles with Mireille Asselin as Diana and Amour and Allyson McHardy as Juno and Céphise. The supporting cast includes Jesse Blumberg, Christopher Enns, Meghan Lindsay, Cynthia Smithers and Anna Sharpe. Pygmalion will be prefaced by Opera Atelier’s first Canadian commission for solo baroque violin and contemporary dancing, entitled Inception. It will be performed by composer/violinist Edwin Huizinga and choreographer/Artist of Atelier Ballet, Tyler Gledhill. Following its Toronto dates, the show will tour to the Royal Opera House in Versailles.
The Spring of 2019 sees a production of Mozart’s Idomeneo (April 4 – 13, 2019) featuring Measha Brueggergosman as Elettra, Colin Ainsworth as Idomeneo and Wallis Giunta as Idamante. The cast is completed by Meghan Lindsay (Ilia), Olivier Laquerre (Arbace), Douglas Williams (Neptune), and Bradley Christensen (Priest).
It’s the usual OA creative and design team and, once again, Tafelmusik and David Fallis will be in the pit for both shows. There’s a change up chorus-wise though, Tafelmusik Choir is replaced by 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 Daniel Taylor.
More details and tickets at www.operaatelier.com