On October 28, 2021, Opera Atelier will present the premiere of the film “Angel”.
The work commissioned by composer Edwin Huizinga comes in association with OA Associate Composer / Associate Conductor Christopher Bagan. The first version of this work was presented in 2017 at the Chapelle Royale de Versailles, where the company was invited to participate in the official Canada 150 celebrations in France. “Angel” will also include excerpts from Milton’s “Paradise Lost”, interwoven with the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke in a new translation commissioned from American playwright Grace Andreacchi.
The production is directed by founding Co-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski CM, with choreography by Co-Artistic Director Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg CM, and additional solo choreography created and performed by Tyler Gledhill. Music director David Fallis conducts the baroque orchestra Tafelmusik. The cast includes soprano Measha Brueggergosman, tenor Colin Ainsworth, soprano Mireille Asselin, baritone Jesse Blumberg, soprano Meghan Lindsay, baritone John Tibbetts and bass baritone Douglas Williams.
The film screening will take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, with the event including a special musical performance and a post-show Q&A session with the creative team. The film will also be shown online, with tickets available for purchase on the Opera Atelier website. The first is dedicated to the memory of Jeanne Lamon, musical director and emeritus musical director of Tafelmusik (1981-2014), and cherished collaborator of OA.
“Angel d’Opera Atelier explores the timeless themes of heroes versus anti-heroes, loss of innocence, isolation and redemption. The story – although vaguely chronological, is not meant to be linear, ”Pynkoski explains. “We hope the music, lyrics, dancing and directing of ‘Angel’ will overwhelm you like a dream.”