Colin Ainsworth stars as Tamino in Opera Atelier’s production of The Magic Flute (photo: Bruce Zinger)
APRIL 6 TO 13 An enchanted tale of courage in the face of danger and the triumph of light over darkness, The Magic Flute ushers in spring courtesy of Opera Atelier, Toronto’s renowned producer of Baroque- and Classical-era masterpieces. Mozart’s much-loved singspiel follows Prince Tamino, who, alongside lonely bird-catcher Papageno, must rescue the Queen of the Night’s daughter from the sorcerer Sarastro. A certain charmed musical instrument, of course, helps the prince endure the trials that await him. Elgin Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m, $40 to $160; call 416-703-3767 or visit operaatelier.com for more information. —Macrina Smart
photo by Bruce Zinger
OCTOBER 29 TO NOVEMBER 5 Toronto’s renowned Opera Atelier opens its new season with a production of Don Giovanni, which tells of a series of darkly comedic mishaps that befall its rakish title character. Canadian baritone Phillip Addis takes up the mantle of the playboy nobleman in this captivating new production of a Mozart classic. Elgin Theatre, $40 to $180; call 1-855-622-2787, or visit here for showtimes and to purchase.
Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman (photo by Bruce Zinger)
APRIL 22 TO MAY 1 Measha Brueggergosman, arguably Canada’s most acclaimed operatic singer, lends her pipes to Opera Atelier’s La Clemenza di Tito. In this lavish new production, the New Brunswick–born soprano portrays the daughter of an aristocrat who plots the assassination of the Roman emperor, whose role is sung by Croatian tenor Krešimir Špicer. Set to music by Mozart, the two-act opera offers a tale of ambition and intrigue—but also forgiveness and redemption. Elgin Theatre, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m., $33 to $166; call 416-872-5555 or click here to purchase tickets.
Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian stars in the COC's Magic Flute (photo by Michael Agyan)
JANUARY 29 TO FEBRUARY 25 Fall in love all over again with the majestic music and timeless sorcery-tinged tale of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. A brand-new production by the Canadian Opera Company starring Michael Schade and Isabel Bayrakdarian as would-be lovers Tamino and Pamina, this playfully mystical exploration of wisdom, nature and devotion is sure to delight both seasoned opera fans and newcomers to the genre. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, $22 to $281; call 416-363-8231 or click here for showtimes and to purchase tickets.