Opera Atelier Relaunches Digital Film ‘ Angel’

By Logan Martell

On December 7, 2021, Opera Atelier relaunched its digital film “Angel.”

Composer Edwin Huizinga’s commission comes in collaboration with Associate Composer/Assistant Conductor Christopher Bagan. The work’s first iteration was performed at the Royal Chapel in Versailles in 2017, where the company has been invited to participate in the official Canada 150 celebrations in France.

Filmed and edited by Canadian filmmaker Marcel Canzona, the work weaves excerpts from Milton’s “Paradise Lost” with Rainer Maria Rilke’s mystic poetry, in a new translation by playwright Grace Andreacchi. The cast features soprano Mireille Asselin, tenor Colin Ainsworth, soprano Meashe Brueggergosman-Lee, baritone Jesse Blumberg, soprano Meghan Lindsay, baritone John Tibbetts, and bass-baritone Douglas Williams.

“We are thrilled that audiences and critics alike have connected to the production of ‘Angeland its timeless themes of heroes versus anti-heroes, loss of innocence, isolation and redemption, and we’re delighted to be able to share the work’s magic and splendour with even more audiences during the holiday season,” says Marshall Pynkoski, Founding Co-Artistic Director.

The film is available to stream on their website through January 3, 2021