Our Artistic Directors

Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse-Zingg in Versailles. by Bruce Zinger

Marshall Pynkoski

Marshall Pynkoski’s fascination with music, theatre and dance of the 17th and 18th centuries began in classes with the late Leonard Crainford and John Marshall, respectively Chairman and Major Examiner, Royal Academy of Dancing in London. His further studies with Florentina Lojekova (Master Artist of the Czech Republic) and David Moroni (the Royal Winnipeg Ballet) were pivotal in his decision to pursue a career as a dancer and director.

Early in Mr. Pynkoski’s professional career, he had the opportunity to undertake in-depth studies of baroque opera and ballet in Paris. His studies continued with renowned baroque dramaturge Professor Dene Barnett at Flinders University in South Australia.

In 1985 he founded Opera Atelier with his partner Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg and he has since directed a wide range of period productions of baroque and early classical opera and ballet in close collaboration with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. He has acted as a guest instructor at the Centre for Baroque Studies, Versailles under conductor Marc Minkowski and has collaborated with many of the finest artists in the world of early music. 

His productions of opera and ballet have toured throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He is a recipient of numerous awards including the Toronto Arts Award, the Ruby Award for outstanding contribution to opera in Canada, and the TIME Magazine award for Classical music. 

In 2013, Mr. Pynkoski had his Salzburg Festival debut with Mozart’s Lucio Silla and in 2015 made his directorial debut at La Scala in Milan. In August 2018, he was joined by OA’s entire creative team to direct and open a new production of Rossini’s Ricciardo e Zoraide for the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy. Mr. Pynkoski was awarded the Order of Canada in 2018.

In 2019 and 2021, he directed Grétry’s Richard Coeur-de-Lion for the Royal Opera House, Versailles. In 2021, he was made an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the government of France. In 2022, he directed Grétry’s La Caravane du Caire for the Opéra de Tours as well as for the Opéra Royal in Versailles. Most recently, he directed the internationally acclaimed production of Charpentier’s David et Jonathas for the Royal Chapel of the Château de Versailles. In June 2023, he directed La Caravane du Caire at the Opéra Royal in Versailles and David et Jonathas at the Potsdam Music Festival in Germany.

Most recently, he directed a new production of Don Giovanni for the Opèra Royal in Versailles.

Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg

JEANNETTE LAJEUNESSE ZINGG  |  Co-Artistic Director, Opera Atelier

Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg has choreographed and performed in major theatres internationally. She received her training in London, Copenhagen and Paris, where she undertook in-depth studies of Baroque dancing from original source material. She credits her teachers (including her most important teacher/mentors—John Marshall and Florentina Lojekova) with instilling in her a love for dance history.

Ms. Zingg has received the prestigious Toronto Arts Award, the Opera Canada Ruby Award for outstanding achievement in the field of opera in Canada and was named by TIME Magazine as one of Canada’s most influential artists in Classical music. She has collaborated with conductors Marc Minkowski, Hervé Niquet, Christopher Hogwood, Andrew Parrott, David Fallis and Stefano Montanari and choreographed for dancers from the National Ballet of Canada, The Scapino Ballet, The Dutch National Ballet, La Scala Ballet, and Opera Atelier. 

She has also choreographed and performed in numerous film projects. In 2013 Ms. Zingg had her Salzburg Festival debut with Mozart’s Lucio Silla, and in 2015 she made her choreographic debut at La Scala in Milan. In August 2018, she choreographed the opening production for the Pesaro Rossini Opera Festival featuring dancers from La Scala. Ms. Zingg was awarded the Order of Canada in 2018. 

In 2019 and 2021, she choreographed the ballet for Grétry’s Richard Coeur-de-Lion for the Royal Opera House, Versailles. In 2021, she was made an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the government of France. In 2022, she choreographed Grétry’s La Caravane du Caire for Opera de Tours and created dances for Angela Hewitt’s Trasimeno Festival as well as providing the choreography for the internationally acclaimed production of Charpentier’s David et Jonathas for the Royal Chapel of Versailles. In June 2023, her choreography for La Caravane du Caire was seen at the Opéra Royal in Versailles and for David et Jonathas at the Potsdam Music Festival.

Most recently, she provided period dance’s for Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the Opèra Royal in Versailles.