I’m sharing some lovely photos by Bruce Zinger of last night’s North American premiere of The Angel Speaks at the ROM, featuring Opera Atelier and select artists of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Is Opera Atelier perhaps pushing the envelope of what artists do? while they’re thought of as historically informed purveyors of music from centuries gone by, The Angel Speaks required a lot of Jesse Blumberg & Mireille Asselin, the two singers employed in the midst of and as part of a great deal of choreography. I was thinking about the way music-theatre now looks for the “triple threat” of actor-singer-dancer. Whether or not other opera companies look for a new mix of talents, Opera Atelier have different expectations.
I don’t think it matters what we call it –between such names as “opera” or “ballet”– so long as it works.
The space’s post-modern design that’s a mix of new & old felt ideal for a performance that itself was just such a synthesis of old & new.
The space worked rather well for the musical performance. I was surprised at the excellent acoustics, without undue reverb but still quite live, likely due to the beautiful wood floor.
Perhaps we’ll be seeing more concerts, operas, ballets and theatre in this space: the Currelly Galllery at the Royal Ontario Museum.