I want to send all of you our belated but nonetheless heartfelt thanks for taking the time to write your impressions of Poppea on behalf of Opera Atelier. You blogs have been read by hundreds of people and we have every reason to believe that they impacted positively on ticket sales and the public’s perception of this work.
Your observations generated a great deal of positive feedback and interaction with OA audience members and this is exactly as we had hoped it would be. Also, what with your impressions appearing so early in our run, you … Read more
It’s a good thing that I find travelling to be an energizing experience. Having just returned from New York City I found myself in the midst of a crazy and extremely varied schedule which will probably not let up until the end of the summer.
Jeannette and I are once again teaching at the Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute – Jeannette teaching period dancing to singers and instrumentalists and I am staging opera excerpts. The students come from all over the world and have an enormous variety of experience. It’s always a challenge trying to keep everyone busy and engaged. There … Read more
For many years we have visited New York on a yearly basis specifically to see New York City Ballet productions and we have never been disappointed. This particular trip reaffirmed for us our conviction that New York City Ballet is the greatest ballet company in the world – that it has the greatest dancers … Read more
Just a reminder that Anna Guthrie – one of Opera Atelier’s nearest and dearest supporters — has, for the second year in a row, pledged to match all new and increased donations up to $25,000 as a kick start for an OA matching campaign. Make your donation prior to June 30, 2009 and Anna (bless her heart) will MATCH your donation dollar for dollar. This is a fantastic way to show your support of Opera Atelier. As one of Canada’s youngest opera companies, we depend on the generosity of our audience members above and beyond government and corporate support. Your … Read more
On Sunday, Jeannette and I had the pleasure of visiting the AGO to take in the Surrealist exhibition (Surreal Things | Dada | Remix). It is a fascinating, beautifully conceived exhibit which will be of particular interest to all dancers and dance enthusiasts. There are fabulous set and costume designs by some of the most important surrealist artists of the early to mid twentieth century including a fully realized set design by di Chirico. We were particularly thrilled to see rare footage of surrealist ballets being danced by the Ballets Russes. These marvelous excerpts were accompanied by … Read more