Opera Atelier Extends Measha Brueggergosman as Artist in Residence Until 2023

By David Salazar

Canadian-based company Opera Atelier has announced that soprano Measha Brueggergosman would stay on as the company’s Artist in Residence until June 2023.

In her role, she will continue to be a part of the company’s artist training, education, and outreach activities. She will also lead lectures and masterclasses. Brueggergosman will also continue developing the “Making of an Opera (MOAO)” program, which was launched in 1995 with the aim of introducing opera to middle and high school students throughout Toronto’s Neighborhood Improvement areas.

“We are in an era of explosive innovation and creativity. Making of an Opera re-enforces the necessity of pouring into a student’s potential through free access to the process behind the classical arts,” Brueggergosman said in a press release. “I aim to provide students with an opportunity to explore new ways of thinking of the future and, in so doing, unlock a level of understanding that emboldens them to believe in themselves and embrace unlikely collaborations. The very restrictions imposed by COVID-19 became a catalyst for new creation and I believe the mandate of MOAO is to find points of connection that will allow students to expand their minds by learning each other’s histories with respect and empathy.”

Brueggergosman was named Artist in Residence back in November 2020. Brueggergosman has performed with the Canadian company where she first appeared in 2008 as Elettra in Mozart’s “Idomeneo.” She has performed with L’Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, The San Francisco Symphony, the BBC Symphony, Dresden Semperoper, the Finnish National Opera, the Rome Opera, and Teatro Real Madrid. Brueggergosman also holds honorary doctorates from Acadia University, St Thomas University, the University of New Brunswick, and Concordia University.