Opera Atelier’s 2014-2015 season features two stunning productions: the Canadian premiere of a fully staged period production of Handel’s Alcina (fall 2014), as well as Berlioz’s version of Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice (April 9 to April 18, 2015).
ORpheus & Eurydice: Berlioz Version of Gluck’s Masterpiece
Opera Atelier’s 2014-2015 season continues with the Berlioz version of Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice (April 9-18, 2015), a timeless love story based on the Greek myth.
“A seamless blend of excellent singing, vibrant orchestral accompaniment, graceful ballet and inventive staging…as satisfying visually as musically.” – The Toronto Star
Driven by Love and wracked with grief and uncertainty, Orpheus descends into the underworld on a heroic mission to return his beloved to the land of the living. His passionate music wins their freedom, but the true test has just begun…
This timeless love story is lavishly brought to life in Opera Atelier’s signature Baroque style, even as this Berlioz version marks Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s furthest foray into 19th century orchestration.
Running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one intermission.
Our complete performance schedule for Orpheus and Eurydice is:
An expert in Gluck’s work and a revered composer in his own right, Hector Berlioz drew from the earlier Italian and French incarnations of the opera in creating this 1859 version in which the role of Orpheus is scored for a female contralto.
Opera Atelier is proud that our longtime partners Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra has agreed to be part of this groundbreaking project.
Orpheus and Eurydice will star Canadian mezzo-soprano Mireille Lebel as Orpheus – her first major role for Opera Atelier. The production will also feature Opera Atelier favourite Peggy Kriha Dye as Eurydice and Meghan Lindsay as Amour. Orpheus and Eurydice is sung in French with English surtitles.
Alcina: Major New Handel Production
The 2014-2015 season began in the fall with the Canadian premiere of a fully staged period production of Handel’s Alcina (Oct. 23 – Nov. 1, 2014).
George Frideric Handel’s Alcina is a Baroque masterpiece and will mark Opera Atelier’s first major Handel production at the Elgin Theatre. Alcina tells the story of a sorceress whose world is a mirage composed of the souls of her past lovers and the Christian knight Ruggiero who is destined to set them free.
Producing this sublime masterpiece has long been on Opera Atelier’s wish-list, and we are delighted to have found an extraordinary Alcina in Canadian soprano Meghan Lindsay, who audiences will remember as Agathe in Der Freischütz (The Marksman). We are also particularly thrilled that Alcina includes some of Handel’s most famous dance music, giving us a unique opportunity to feature the superb Artists of Atelier Ballet.
Ms Lindsay will be joined by an exceptional international cast of singers which includes Allyson McHardy as Ruggiero, Wallis Giunta as Bradamante, Mireille Asselin as Morgana, Krešimir Špicer as Oronte and Olivier Laquerre as Melisso. Alcina is sung in Italian with English surtitles.