Opera Atelier

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Opera Atelier, a Canadian Baroque opera company was founded in 1985 in Toronto by husband and wife duo Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg. The company mounts operas from the 17th and 18th centuries which are presented at the Elgin Theatre.

Their current Executive Director is Patricia Barretto, previously Director of Marketing at Opera Atelier.[1] Opéra Atelier has performed baroque operas in New York, Houston, Stuttgart, Bremen, London, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo and at the Glimmerglass Festival and Chateau de Versailles, France. Opera Atelier received a number of Ontario Lieutenant Governor's Awards for the Arts before these awards were discontinued in 2003.[2]

Opera Atelier presents two operas per year and tours internationally biennially. They use period instruments, as well as sets and costume designs that reflect the aesthetics of the epoch.

Opera Atelier has collaborated with other music organizations in Toronto including the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the Royal Conservatory of Music. The organization also benefits from funding from the Toronto Arts Council.[3]


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