Co-Artistic Directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg co-founded Opera Atelier in 1983 and started presenting fully staged productions in 1985. They have been honoured by foreign governments (Ordre des Arts et des lettres from the Government of France), their peers (Opera Canada Ruby Award 2007) and by the City of Toronto (Muriel Sherrin Award for outstanding contribution to music in Toronto) for their contributions to the performing arts. Opera Atelier productions and artists have been nominated many times for Dora Mavor Moore Awards and won in 2005 and 2007.
Adding to Opera Atelier’s artistic excellence is its long-time partner, Grammy and Juno Award-winning Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the world’s leading orchestra on period instruments and its associated group, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir.
Opera Atelier has been acclaimed throughout Canada, in Houston, Cleveland, New York, Stuttgart, Halle, Bremen, London (BBC Proms), Paris, Montreux, Citta di Castello, Singapore, Japan, Korea and Versailles, France. Opera Atelier has collaborated with some of early music’s most distinguished artists including Andrew Parrott, Trevor Pinnock, Hervé Niquet, Marc Minkowski and many others.