Opera Atelier presents Together/Apart: A Virtual Showcase from Around the Globe (Wed. May 20, 2020)

All-star program features Soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Broadway sensation Laird Mackintosh, Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, and many more

Opera Atelier is thrilled to announce Together/Apart – a one-hour virtual showcase of music and dance to connect, uplift, and inspire – featuring an all-star line-up of Opera Atelier’s longstanding and audience-favourite artists from around the globe, Wednesday, May 20 at 8pm EST, streaming at OperaAtelier.com. All 14 artists on the program have personally curated their performance selections with an eye to sharing the joy and power of the creative experience during this extraordinary time.

Wallis Giunta & Didoand Aeneas – photograph: Bruce Zinger 2016

“The arts provide a powerful source of emotional and spiritual support in times of crisis,” says Marshall Pynkoski C.M., Co-Artistic Director, Opera Atelier. “Opera Atelier realizes just how vulnerable people are when separated from the artists they love, just when they need them the most. And while nothing can replicate the vigour of a live performance, our hope is to provide a virtual concert experience that connects and moves our beloved community situated around the world. ”

Programmed to appeal to the broadest audience possible, Together/Apart’s luminary line-up will include Soprano Measha Brueggergosman singing Mozart, Broadway star Laird Mackintosh performing “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, Mezzo-Soprano Wallis Giunta singing “Non so più” from The Marriage of Figaro, and Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt performing Rameau dances. Artist of Atelier Ballet Juri Hiraoka will perform baroque choreography created specifically for this unifying event, choreographed by Opera Atelier’s Co-Artistic Director Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, and Artist of Atelier Ballet Xi Yi will showcase the spectacular Crane Dance, created for his graduate performance from the world famous Beijing Academy.

Douglas Williams – photograph: Florian Grey

“Just like the best baroque theatre, we hope Together/Apart will move our audience with repertoire that is heartwarming, with themes that make them laugh, and with themes that reduce them (or as Cocteau would say; “enlarge them”) to tears,” explains Lajeunesse Zingg C.M.

Co-Artistic Directors Pynkoski and Lajeunesse Zingg will host Opera Atelier’s virtual celebration from their own living room in Toronto – introducing and connecting audiences to the artists they love and admire. Audiences can also expect a special guest appearance by Toronto’s own Mayor John Tory.

Measha B – Photo by Bruce Zinger

The complete line-up for Together/Apart will include:

  • Bass-Baritone Douglas Williams – Berlin
  • Mezzo-Soprano Mireille Lebel – Vancouver
  • Artist of Atelier Ballet Xi Yi – Toronto
  • Mezzo-Soprano Wallis Giunta – Leeds
  • Soprano Meghan Lindsay – Quebec
  • Mezzo-Soprano Allyson McHardy – Toronto
  • Artist of Atelier Ballet Juri Hiraoka – Toronto
  • Soprano Melody Louledjian – Marseilles
  • Baritone Laird Mackintosh – New York
  • Soprano Measha Brueggergosman – Nova Scotia
  • Violinist/Composer Edwin Huizinga – California
  • Pianist Angela Hewitt – London
  • Tenor Colin Ainsworth – Toronto
  • Soprano Karine White – Toronto

Artistic Directors – Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg
Art Director – Gerard Gauci
Video Editor – Marcel Canzona
Together/Apart Music Director – Christopher Bagan

‘Together/Apart : Opera Atelier’s Virtual Showcase from Around the Globe’ will premiere Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 8pm EST. It will be streamed for free at OperaAtelier.com

Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg and Marshall Pynkoski – photo Bruce Zinger

About Opera Atelier (OperaAtelier.com)

Established in 1985, Opera Atelier is Canada’s premier period opera/ballet company, specializing in producing opera, ballet, and drama from the 17th and 18th centuries. While drawing upon the aesthetics and ideals of the
period, Opera Atelier goes beyond “reconstruction” and infuses each production with an inventive theatricality that resonates with modern audiences. These productions feature soloists of international acclaim, period ballet, original instruments, elaborate stage decor, intricate costumes, and an imaginative energy that sets Opera Atelier apart. Founding Co-Artistic Directors Marshall Pynkoski C.M. and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg C.M. were both awarded the Order of Canada for their contributions to opera and ballet, and were recently both named Officers of the Order of Arts and Letters (Officiers dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) from the French Republic.

Opera Atelier has been acclaimed throughout Canada, and tours on a regular basis to the Royal Opera House in Versailles. The company has also performed at the Glimmerglass Festival in New York, Salzburg Festival, the
Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, and La Scala in Milan. Opera Atelier has collaborated with some of early music’s most distinguished artists including Andrew Parrott, Trevor Pinnock, Hervé Niquet, Marc Minkowski and many others.

Through historically informed performance practice, Opera Atelier allows audiences to experience the continuum of musical form; hearing and seeing great works in the ways these works might have first resonated. In inspired
programming, Opera Atelier creates art that speaks to the here and now; finding fresh relevance for society in evergreen creations. Through impassioned outreach and audience development, Opera Atelier aims to secure a future by ensuring opera has a place in the hearts and lives of the upcoming generation.