Abduction at the Opera

Photo: Bruce Zinger / Curtis Sullivan and Amanda Pabyan in Opera Atelier's production of The Abduction from the Seraglio

Photo: Bruce Zinger / Curtis Sullivan and Amanda Pabyan in Opera Atelier’s production of The Abduction from the Seraglio

I could not think of a better pair than Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeuness Zingg – a duo that could not be more modest about their extreme sophistication. Their fascination with music, theatre and dance has given this city quite the cultural reputation ever since they founded Opera Atelier back in 1985.

Earlier this month, I had the privilege to attend the closing performance of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio – an outrageous Italian comedia and audience favourite.

Prior to the opening overture, Pynkoski took to the stage,in front of the curtain, giving a quick introduction as well as the delightful news for what is to come in the New Year. May 2014 will be a memorable time for OA as they perform Persée in Versailles at the Royal Opera House.

As conductor David Fallis began to wave his baton away, within the first few minutes after the overture, you can hear chuckles all around as this famous singspiel began to reveal the plot of the story.

The costume work represented the same colourful feel as the music itself. Each singer shone as they portrayed their characters from the love-struck Belmont to Bassa Selim’s dominating presence.

Let me tell you why I truly enjoy performances by Opera Atelier – the audience!
All who attend OA events share the same enthusiasm as those in front of and behind the curtain. They are supporters of the philosophy that Pynkoski and Zingg have followed all these years. Once you enter the theatre, a unique intimacy takes over where you feel like the Konstanze is singing her sorrow only to you while the musicians  of Tafelmusik are giving you an exclusive performance. I have never experienced a more intimate operatic experience.

The 2013-2014 season will continue with Persée from April 26th – May 3rd, 2014.

For more information about “Dream in Versaille” please visit: operaatelier.com/