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Period performance is not a museum. It is a threshold – a point of departure for reinvention and new discoveries.

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OA’s strength has come from developing a core artistic team over many years: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Music Director David Fallis, Designer Gerard Gauci, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and a company of singers and dancers who are representative of Toronto’s diverse demographic mix.

Revisiting period performance with the principles of diversity and equity inclusion in mind have led to fruitful and innovative artistic collaborations between our core team and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and OA Artist-in-Residence Measha Brueggergosman-Lee and important artists drawn from the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Opera Atelier has made a conscious decision to promote Non-traditional, Integrated casting, and this is is reflected in our productions in Toronto and internationally.

OA builds its sets and costumes from the ground up and is the only opera company in North America with a permanent corps de ballet (the Artists of Atelier Ballet) who play an integral role in every production. OA enjoys the most extensive international touring schedule of any company in Canada.

For OA, the pivotal aspect of period production lies in the in-depth examination of the original intentions of composers, choreographers and librettists in order to find new ways to challenge ourselves as artists in the 21st century. A period production is not a museum piece; it is a new creation taking its own place in history. 

Opera Atelier is committed to music/dance education for youth, community outreach, and audience diversity.