April 20, 2023

Handel's The Resurrection - Sorry to See the Production End!

It is always a poignant experience to reach the end of a production’s run. This has particularly been the case with Opera Atelier’s production of Handel’s The Resurrection - which in so many respects represented a once in a lifetime experience for all of the artists involved. 

The process of getting The Resurrection onto the stage following all of the challenges of the past three years, created a sense of family and camaraderie between our singers, dancers, our artistic and technical teams and OA’s administration.

Not a day goes by without Jeannette and me hearing from Artists of Atelier Ballet, our singers and members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra reiterating what a joy and privilege it was to work together to turn Handel’s masterpiece into a live stage production.

We discovered so much about ourselves as performers, about Koerner Hall as a venue with enormous staging potential and about beauty as a force that can change the world. What a wonderful way it was to celebrate the Spring and new beginnings with all of you.

Stay tuned for more information about Opera Atelier’s 23/24 Subscription Season. Onwards and upwards! 

Marshall and Jeannette

Photo: Mezzosoprano Allyson McHardy (right) as Mary Cleophas opposite soprano Meghan Lindsay as Mary Magdalene. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

"Allyson McHardy creates a sympathetic portrait of Mary Cleophas with her lush, amber-coloured voice. Here McHardy depicts the second Mary’s grief and empathy with Christ’s suffering with the sombre tone of one whose weeping has been transformed into music. She boldy sings the bravura aria “Naufragando va per l’onde”, in which Mary hopes to find Jesus alive, with a wonderful combination of hope underpinned with fear and the glorious duet with trumpet “Vedo il ciel che più sereno.” Stage Door News, Christopher Hoile.