‘Tis the season for season announcements. First out of the blocks is Opera Atelier. They have two Toronto shows. The fall show is a tweaked revival of the venerable 1991 production of Mozart’s Magic Flute. It gets new costumes and a new “flying machine” for the Queen of the Night. Colin Ainsworth sings Tamino with Mireille Asselin as Pamina, Douglas Williams as Papageno, Gustav Andreassen as Sarastro, and Holly Flack as the Queen of the Night. That runs October 22nd to November 1st 2020.
The winter show is a double bill of the premiere of the finished version of Edward Huizinga’s The Angel Speaks with Mireille Asselin as the Blessed Virgin, Colin Ainsworth and Jesse Blumberg as the Angels; with additional choreography by Tyler Gledhill. I liked what I saw of this when an earlier version was performed at the ROM. It’s paired wth Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Presumably this will be the production seen in 2016 (though hopefully minus the prologue). Meghan Lindsay sings Dido with Christopher Enns as Aeneas and Mireille Asselin as Belinda. Allyson McHardy is the Sorceress, and Colin Ainsworth is the Sailor. This one runs February 20th to 27th 2021.
OA returns to the Elgin for both shows reversing the much hyped move to the Ed Mirvish. Tickets and more information at operaatelier.com.