Opera Atelier has announced its 2016/17 season. The fall production will be Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. It isn’t clear whether this is a new production or a revival. The company has done the piece before; at the MacMillan Theatre in 1989 and 1994, in 2005 at the Elgin and in sundry tour venues. It’s not paired with anything so it’s either a very short show or there is a lot of interpolated dance. Wallis Giunta and Chris Enns play the lovers with a supporting cast that includes Meghan Lindsay, Laura Pudwell, Ellen McAteer, Karine White and Cory Knight. Nice to see Karine getting a chance on a professional stage. There are six shows at the Elgin between October 20 and 29, 2016.
The second show is Charpentier’s Médée, last seen in 2002 at the Elgin. Peggy Kriha Dye and Colin Ainsworth are Medea and Jason. The supporting cast includes Mireille Asselin , Meghan Lindsay, Jesse Blumberg, Karine White, Stephen Hegedus, Christopher Enns and Kevin Skelton. Médée runs April 22 , 23, 25, 26, 28 and 29, 2017 at the Elgin and will tour to Versailles later in the year. Tafelmusik and David Fallis will be in the pit for both shows.