Opera Atelier to Open Season with ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Atelier is set to open its 2023-24 season with the French 1774 version of Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice.”

The opera will be performed from Oct. 26 through Nov. 1 at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto.

“Orpheus and Eurydice” will star Canadian tenor Colin Ainsworth as Orpheus, soprano Mireille Asselin as Eurydice, and soprano Anna-Julia David as Amour in her company debut.

In a statement, Marshall Pynkoski, C.M., Founding Co-Artistic Director said,”Few tenors are able to sustain the extraordinary vocal range required of the tenor in the 1774 version of Orpheus and Eurydice. We are honoured to have Mr. Ainsworth return – his talent in full bloom – to interpret this role for the first time in more than a decade.”

Opera Atelier Music Director David Fallis will conduct the French version of “Orpheus and Eurydice” for the first time and will be joined by the Tafelmusik and Chamber Choir along with members of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale.