Opera Atelier has announced its 2019/20 season. As usual there are two main stage shows. The first is a revival of their 2011 production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. It runs from October 31st to November 9th, 2019, in the Ed Mirvish Theatre. It’s a production that plays up the comedy and the elements of the commedia dell’arte in the piece while pretty much eschewing anything deeper or darker. The cast includes Douglas Williams as the Don with Stephen Hegedus as Leporello, Colin Ainsworth, as Don Ottavio, Meghan Lindsay as Donna Anna, Carla Huhtanen as Donna Elvira, Mireille Asselin as Zerlina, Olivier Laquerre as Masetto, and Gustav Andreassen as Commendatore. beautiful Ed Mirvish Theatre. David Fallis conducts.
The second production is further off the beaten track. It’s Handel’s 1708 oratorio The Resurrection, which is being presented, fully staged, at Koerner Hall from April 11th to 19th, 2020. The cast features Carla Huhtanen as Gabriel, Meghan Lindsay as Mary Magdalene, Isaiah Bell as Saint John, Stephen Hegedus as Satan, and Allyson McHardy as Cleophas. Both shows are sung in the original Italian.
Opera Atelier also have another short show coming up this month. The Angel Speaks is a one-hour concert that blends works by Purcell and Boyce with the Canadian premiere of Annunciation, a new commission by Toronto-based composer and violinist Edwin Huizinga for period instruments. The performance takes place in the Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum on February 21st, 2019, at 8pm. Soprano Mireille Asselin and Baritone Jesse Blumberg will be joined by members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra under the direction of David Fallis, alongside Artists of Atelier Ballet
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