Opera Atelier Announces Reimagined 35th Anniversary Season

By Logan Martell

Opera Atelier has announced a reimagined 35th anniversary season, titled “A Season of Visions and Dreams.”

During the new season, the company will present two fully-staged and live-streamed productions at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning.

The first work on the program will be “Something Rich and Strange.” This new work will explore themes of visions and the supernatural as expressed by Handel, Lully, Locke, and Purcell, weaving them together with a new composition by Edwin Huizinga. The cast includes Measha Brueggergosman, Mireille Asselin, Cynthia Smithers, Colin Ainsworth, Christopher Enns, Danielle MacMillan, members of Atelier Ballet, and select artists from Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Originally slated for this year, the company will be performing Handel’s “The Resurrection” in time for Easter 2021. The cast features Colin Ainsworth, Carla Huhtanen, Meghan Lindsay, Allyson McHardy, and Douglas Williams.

Opera Atelier will close its season with a performance at the 2021 Trasimeno Festival in Italy, with a ballet program of works by Rameau, Couperin, and Bach, featuring choreography by Lajeunesse Zingg. The Atelier Ballet will be accompanied by renowned pianist Angela Hewitt.

“The COVID-19 crisis has acted as a creative catalyst for Opera Atelier, providing our extraordinary artists, production, and administrative teams with the opportunity to explore and create new repertoire and new means of communication,” Co-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski stated in a press release. “We are truly delighted to be back, working under the health and safety guidelines as outlined by the province, to present these two groundbreaking works during our milestone 35th Anniversary Season.”