OCTOBER 27 TO NOVEMBER 3 Opera Atelier aims slightly wide of its usual target to open its 26th season. Known as Canada’s premier producer of works from the Baroque era, the company presents its first foray into the Romantic period, Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz (The Marksman). A Faustian bargain is at the centre of this tale, as Max, the titular marksman, turns to supernatural forces in order to win a sharpshooting contest and the hand of his beloved. Inspired by German folklore, the opera is an ideal showcase for star tenor Krešimir Špicer, artists of the Atelier ballet and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir. Elgin Theatre, $35 to $160; call 1-855-622-2787 or click here for more information.