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Volume 16 Issue 2 - October 2010

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Opera Atelier at 25

Opera Atelier at 25 continued from page 8treated as the benign friend of Acis, is thedevil in disguise. Galatea is still adorable,but she also has an edgy side manifested inhe must master, but the feisty Galatea. Alsorunning through the opera is the thread thatthey also destroy them. Says Zingg: “A spe-- the couple sees Opera Atelier’s journey tointernational glory as being organic. Just asingperiod productions happened in a naturalfashion, so did the pulling together ofthe creative team that made their success oski,“that anyone could have assembledFirst, some background. Being bal- ingplayed by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.(They had become fans of the ensembleafter someone gave them tickets to aconcert.) If there is dance music, they pondered,there must be dances, and so theyformingat the salacious Moulin Rouge by came back to Toronto besotted by opera-ballet, and began to meetthe horizon. curator of vintage clothing, heard about the couple and tracked themharpsichordist. A friend made faux-18th century costumes, and so they “The more yourehearse, the morecolour and texture youfind. You never tireof great material.”Jeanne Lamon, artistic director of Tafel-the orchestra for Opera Atelier productions.derided Opera Atelier for calling itselfresident music director, enter David Fallismusik bass player Alison Mackay. Setdesigner Gerard Gauci came aboard aftera picture of a baroque dancer he paintedguide. They found costume designer Dorato be an excellent seamstress. Lightingdesigner Kevin Fraser also materialized byAnd the future? A big event of theGlimmerglass Opera of Rameau’s Castorand Polluxthe pipe is a three-opera season, and dab-Leonora (theforerunner of Fidelio), early Rossini andcentury Pelléas and Mélisande. Becoming one of the most famous baroque opera-ballet compan-toireand gives established opera companies a run for their money.Paula Citron is senior dance writer for The Globe and Mail, artsreviewer for The New Classical 96.3 FM, dance previewscontributor to Toronto Life magazine, and associate editor ofOpera Canada magazine.PHOTO KEN KERR / CLIXPIXMARTINE CÔTÉJANINE MESSADIÉ9 h – 12 h / 9:00 AM – NOON12 h – 15 h / NOON – 3:00 DIRECT D’ICI, MAINTENANT. LIVE, HERE AND NOW.70 thewholenote.comOctober 1 - November 7, 2010

What’s Onat the TSOBest of BarberOctober 6 & 7 at 8pmPeter Oundjian, conductorJon Kimura Parker, pianoGil Shaham, violinBarber: Adagio for StringsBarber: Piano ConcertoBarber: Symphony No. 1Barber: Violin ConcertoSibelius ViolinConcertoOctober 14 & 16 at 8pmJukka-Pekka Saraste, conductorHenning Kraggerud, violinStravinsky: FireworksSibelius: Violin ConcertoShostakovich: Symphony No. 4BroadwayDivas!October 19 at 8pmOctober 20 at 2 & 8pmSteven Reineke, conductorJulia Murney, vocalistJennifer Laura Thompson, vocalistTorontoSymphonykidsPhantoms ofthe OrchestraOctober 23 at 1:30 & 3:30pmStuart Chafetz, conductorMagic Circle Mime CompanyEvery Halloween the “phantoms ofthe orchestra” return to haunt theconcert hall. The maestro and hisassistant must use the power ofthe baton to control this ghoulishorchestra and lead them in concert.Come in costume!Creepy ClassicsOctober 30 at 7:30pmOctober 31 at 3pmAlastair Willis, conductorTodd Yaniw, pianoThis Halloween, the TSO presentsa concert of hair-raising classicalmusic, including The Sorcerer'sApprentice, selections fromSymphonie fantastique, and Bach'shaunting Toccata in D Minor.Costumes are encouraged at thisorchestral thriller!Conductors’ Podium SponsorTIPPET-RICHARDSONCONCERT SEASONOct 23 SponsorOct 30 & 31 Media Partner416.593.4828 tso.caCONCERTS AT ROY THOMSON HALL

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