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Orpheus Bravo!Fact

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Gluck’s groundbreaking opera Orpheus and Eurydice has had an enormous influence on Opera Atelier over the past three decades. We are so excited to have the opportunity to stage this masterpiece in the Berlioz edition of 1859 for the first time this spring.

Back in 1998, Opera Atelier created its first Bravo!Fact video inspired by Gluck’s opera. Barbara Willis Sweet from Rhombus Media was film director, and I acted as stage director. The video features Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg as Eurydice and our dear friend, Andrew Kelly, who was then a soloist with the Dutch National Ballet as Orpheus.

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Postcards from Milan 7

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Dear friends,

Jeannette and I are back in Toronto following a spectacular opening of Lucio Silla at La Scala.

I just spoke with the theatre’s administration and they tell me that the second performance (which we sadly had to miss) was an even greater success.

We’ll never get over this thrilling experience which hovers in our minds somewhere between a dream and a miracle.  Here is a link to the video of dress rehearsal excerpts in Milan made by La Scala.

We have always been very proud of our Artists of Atelier Ballet and their marvelous sense of style. We … Read more

Postcards from Milan 6

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I have just arrived at this famous opera house La Scala. It is impossible to express how thrilling it is to see Opera Atelier’s co-artistic directors’ names listed on La Scala’s iconic season posters alongside some of the world’s greatest choreographers and stage directors.

Marshall is listed alongside that of Franco Zeffirelli, and Jeannette is opposite two of her great heroes, Marius Petipa and Jules Perrot.

What a testament to their unwavering commitment to their vision of what opera can be!

– Patricia Barretto, Opera Atelier’s Executive Director

MP in house - PB blogMarshall in the La Scala auditorium.

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Postcards from Milan 5

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Despite the mild, spring-like weather (or perhaps because of it) there has been a great deal of illness at La Scala. Many singers for this season’s productions Aida, Poppea and Lucio Silla have been bed-ridden.

The dancers of La Scalla Ballet are no exception. Having just returned from a tour of Giselle in Paris, many – including some of those performing in Lucio Silla – have been ill.

Yesterday, Jeannette made the difficult decision to replace two of her dancers with young men from the famous La Scala Ballet school. They have a great deal to cover stylistically and all … Read more

Postcards from Milan 4

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Our conductor extraordinaire Marc Minkowski has returned from Paris along with the young mezzo superstar Marianne Crebassa (who sings the role of Cecilio for us) for Lucio Silla and stage rehearsals for Lucio Silla have commenced in earnest.

What with the participation of the superb La Scala orchestra, chorus and ballet, we thought all elements were at last in place until we received word yesterday morning that Rolando Villazon is ill and will be unable to sing at the premiere of this production.

This is sad news, but it does mean that one of Opera Atelier’s favourite artists, tenor Kresimir … Read more