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Opera Atelier Announces New Livestream Date For SOMETHING RICH & STRANGE

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The event takes place on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7pm EST.

Opera Atelier announces the new livestream date of the highly anticipated world premiere of Something Rich & Strange, based on the famous quote from Shakespeare's The Tempest and featuring some of Canada's finest artists, Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7pm EST. Originally set to premiere in late September, but postponed due to COVID-19 provincial health and safety regulations, the fully-staged production will be livestreamed from Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning.

The production will feature the full corps of Artists of Atelier Ballet with choreography by Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg C.M., stage direction by Marshall Pynkoski C.M., set design by Resident Designer Gerard Gauci, and musicians from Tafelmusik led by Music Director Elisa Citterio under the baton of Opera Atelier Resident Music Director David Fallis.

"The COVID-19 protocols Opera Atelier has been working under have acted as a genuine catalyst for creation - pushing us in new directions we would have never otherwise dreamed of. Something Rich & Strange promises to live up to its title, by featuring Baroque arias and dances exploring the themes of sleep, visions and dreams - and will include theatre music by Handel, Lully, Locke and Purcell," says Opera Atelier Co-Artistic Director Pynkoski.

This extraordinary production will also feature a brand-new creation by Canadian violinist/composer Edwin Huizinga for Canadian Soprano Measha Brueggergosman. Huizinga's composition is based on the Symbolist poem by Rainer Maria Rilke titled Annunciation, for which Opera Atelier has commissioned a new English translation by American author and playwright Grace Andreacchi.

Says Andreacchi: "[Rilke's] poem moves towards a violent collision, and it is this that moves the Angel at last to song. A song born of terror, and of unspeakable beauty."

This is the second time Opera Atelier has brought Huizinga and Andreacchi together and the company plans to further support and nurture this creative relationship into the future.

Something Rich & Strange will include a luminary cast of Opera Atelier audience favourites: Sopranos Measha Brueggergosman, Mireille Asselin, and Cynthia Smithers, Tenors Colin Ainsworth and Christopher Enns, Mezzo-Soprano Danielle MacMillan, and Artists of Atelier Ballet, with additional contemporary dance choreography created by Tyler Gledhill, plus a select group of musicians from Tafelmusik (Elisa Citterio, Music Director) under the baton of David Fallis. Costumes by Michael Legouffe and lighting design by Michelle Ramsay. Opera Atelier's creative team is joined by videographer Marcel Canzona, editor Michael Hannan and consultant Gordon Henderson.

The production will play out against a projected backdrop of stunning paintings created for this production by Resident Set Designer Gauci.

"To create paintings expressly for the purpose of projection is a new and exciting challenge for me," says Gauci. "The ability to control the transparency and opacity of my designs through projection helps heighten the ephemeral, impressionistic atmosphere with which this production is infused."

The production will also mark Opera Atelier's Koerner Hall debut and the company's first foray into livestreamed performance.

Tickets and information to the livestreamed production of Something Rich & Strange:

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