An Evening of French Baroque Opera

An Evening of French Baroque Opera

 Talk and Sample Performance with Opera Atelier ·


Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Free for Members / $10 Non-members
54 W. Chicago Avenue

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The Alliance Francaise welcomes Opera Atelier, one of the leading exponents of the revival of French Baroque opera. The Toronto-based company founded in 1983 will make its Chicago debut at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance with two works: Actéon (1683) by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Pygmalion (1748) by Jean-Phillipe Rameau. Opera Atelier’s international tour of this enchanting high baroque double-bill includes the Opéra Royal in Versailles. 

Meet Opera Atelier artistic director, Marshall Pynkoski, as he recounts the history of the pioneering company he co-founded in 1983 with choreographer Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg. The co-artistic directors (and real-life husband and wife) share a passion for the art of the French Baroque, and have taken their company to some of the world’s greatest stages. 
 
Along with set designer Gerard Gauci and music director David Fallis, Pynkoski will preview the stunning production design and gorgeous music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Actéon (1683) and Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pygmalion (1748). The two opéra-ballets will mark the company’s Chicago debut before touring to the Royal Opera of Versailles. 
 
Get an avant-goût of the operas with a demonstration by soprano Mireille Asselin, who recently “stole the show” (New York Classical Review) as Adele in Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera, accompanied by musicians from Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. 
 
This program is possible thanks to the support of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Please note discounted tickets will be available to all Alliance Française de Chicago members.

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