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Monday, December 13, 2010

Opera Atelier Closes 09-10 Season With Surplus

Fundraising momentum grows with launch of Silver Anniversary Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto, ON (December 13, 2010) … Alberta Cefis, chair of Opera Atelier’s board of directors, announced positive results at the company’s Annual General Meeting on November 30, 2010. Opera Atelier ended its 2009-10 season with a profit of $911 on an annual operating budget of just under $2.4 million. This was due in part to fundraising revenues which increased by 10% over 2008-09 and set a record for Opera Atelier, at almost $1.1 million.

“We are pleased with 2009-10’s financial results, especially as we were still in the depths of the recession. Our donors were more generous than ever. This, with prudent cost control, helped OA balance the books,” said Opera Atelier’s board chair, Alberta Cefis, EVP and Head, Global Transaction Banking, Scotiabank.

“Last season was a joy,” said co-artistic director Marshall Pynkoski. “Working with costume designer Martha Mann has given the company a true collaborator to match the artistry and imagination of resident scenic designer Gerard Gauci. The artistry of our singers and dancers remains unmatched and they function more and more as a repertory company.”

OA’s fundraising efforts continue to grow from strength to strength. The new Silver Anniversary Campaign is a three-year, $400,000 campaign created to fund OA’s future artistic growth which includes adding a third production to its season, expanding its mandate to include period productions of 19th century works, and continuing exploration of rarely-performed works from the French Baroque repertoire. The campaign is off to a strong start, already 36% over its 2010-2011 goal, thanks to leadership gifts from BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank and Sun Life Financial. Today, Opera Atelier launches the public phase of its Silver Anniversary Campaign. For more information or to donate call 416-703-3767 ext. 26 or visit

The 25th Anniversary Season celebrations continue on April 6th with Opera Atelier’s Silver Anniversary 2011 Versailles Gala at The Carlu presented by BMO Financial Group featuring performances, live and silent auctions. For tickets call 416-703-3767 ext. 21.

The 2010-11 season concludes with North America’s first period production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (April 22 - May 1, 2011) at the Elgin Theatre. Opera Atelier brings together a stellar cast featuring Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosmanas Vitellia, extraordinary Croatian tenor Kresimir Spicer as Tito, the astonishing American male soprano Michael Maniaci in the role of Sesto, Mireille Asselin as Servilia, Mireille Lebel as Annio, Curtis Sullivan as Publio, andArtists of Atelier Ballet. Maestro David Fallis conducts Tafelmusik Orchestra. Single tickets for La Clemenza di Titoare on sale now through Ticketmaster at 416-872-5555, on-line at or at the Elgin Theatre box office, 189 Yonge Street. For more information visit

2010-11 Season Sponsor: Sun Life Financial

Major Sponsors: BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust Music, The Dominion of Canada General Assurance Company

Opera Atelier also gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Creative Trust.

Opera Atelier is Canada’s premier baroque opera/ballet company, producing opera, ballet and drama from the 17th and 18th centuries. While drawing upon the aesthetics and ideals of the period, Opera Atelier goes beyond “reconstruction” and infuses each production with an inventive theatricality that resonates with modern audiences. Over the past twenty-five years, lead by founding director Marshall Pynkoski and founding choreographer Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, Opera Atelier has garnered acclaim for its performances at home as well as in the United States, Europe and Asia.



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