On Tuesday, October 18th, 25 DAREarts youth and families were invited to see a very special dress rehearsal performance of Opera Atelier’s Dido and Aeneas.
As the children arrived at the Elgin Theatre, we were welcomed into the lower lounge for a pre-show discussion with Opera Atelier’s Senior Manager of Communications & Education, Bronwen Bradley. After a quick introduction to opera, Bronwen highlighted many of the components that make Opera Atelier a world-class leader in Baroque period productions. The young teens were enthralled to learn that they would be seeing an opera in a way that it would have been performed in the Baroque era, and that many of the instruments being used by the orchestra, Tafelmusik, were over 300 years old!
After meeting with Bronwen, the group was led to the theatre and seated. Opera Atelier’s Co-Artistic Director, Marshall Pynkoski, welcomed the audience and explained the process of the rehearsal. Between these explanations and Bronwen’s shared knowledge, the youths were eager to enjoy their first opera experience! When the performance concluded, everyone rushed home to be ready for school the next day – but not without smiles and thoughtful reflections on the incredible experience they just had.
We would like to extend a tremendous thank you to Opera Atelier for inviting our children into the beautiful world of Baroque opera!
DAREarts is a children’s charity that uses the arts to empower at-risk young people to become leaders. Our lead sponsors are Northbridge Insurance, Scotiabank, TD Bank Group, and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.