“Armide” at the Elgin Theatre April 14-21 [fr]

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Before playing at the Versailles Royal Opera in May, the latest production from Opera Atelier, Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Armide, is now playing in Toronto at the Elgin Theatre April 14-21, 2012.

Masterpiece of the 17th century, Armide, is a tragedy in 5 acts that illustrates the clash of Christian and Islamic worlds through the story of the invincible knight Renaud and the Muslim war-princess Armide. Obsession, jealousy and magic form the pillars of this tragic love story. Armide is a psychological drama. Despite her virginity, Armide elicits a powerful fascination from men, eliminating their every instinct of aggression and evoking in them an irresistible sensual desire. Armide is safe from harm, since she has never known the pleasures of the flesh. Renaud’s own virginity is exemplary of his iron will that makes him immune to Armide’s charms.

Armide, like all of Lully’s masterpieces, is rarely put on by opera companies today. In fact, this tragedy only played once in Toronto in 2005 and twice in Paris in the last two decades. Also, that this production is directed by Marshall Pynkoski for Opera Atelier Toronto is an opportunity that should absolutely be taken advantage of.

The title role of Armide is played by soprano Peggy Dye Kriha, and joined by tenor Colin Ainsworth who incarnates the handsome and courageous knight, Renaud. Opera Atelier’s Music Director, David Fallis conducts the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir.

Performance Dates:

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 7:30 PM

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