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The big Overture

Founded a quarter century ago and still guided by artistic directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, Opera Atelier specializes in producing works from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. While drawing on the aesthetics and ideals of that age, the company goes beyond period reconstruction to infuse its productions with inventive theatricality that resonates with today's audiences.

Artist website: Opera Atelier

Listen for the big O!

If you’ve attended an opera, you’ve heard an overture. The word has roots in French, ouverture; German, ouvertüre; and Italian, overtura. Each means “opening.” Yes, an overture is the music played by an orchestra before a show begins, giving you a little taste of what’s to come. Overtures have differed throughout the centuries, but they’re usually dramatic and help to get you in the operatic mood.

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Music 463W Lecture

2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 19
Palmer Museum of Art Palmer Lipcon Auditorium

The public is welcome to hear Pynkoski and Lajeunesse Zingg, serving as guest lecturers for the Classical Music Project Interdisciplinary Lecture Series, talk about Habits of the Viennese Ballroom. Pynkoski speaks about Baroque dramaturgy and rhetorical gesture, while Lajeunesse Zingg talks about French theatrical dancing in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and its dissemination throughout Europe. The lecture includes information on presenting historically informed productions of opera and ballet to modern audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Eric McKee, associate professor of music theory at Penn State, hosts.

Voice Master Class

4 p.m. Tuesday, February 19
Music Building I Esber Recital Hall

The public is welcome to observe as Pynkoski works with Penn State voice students on stage direction and movement based in the Baroque era. Ted Christopher, assistant professor of voice at Penn State, hosts the two-hour master class.

Music 480 (Opera Literature)

10:10 a.m. Wednesday, February 20
W-325 Pattee Library
Not open to the public

Pynkoski and Lajeunesse Zingg speak to the class about Opera Atelier’s production of The Magic Flute. They also talk about Baroque opera and the considerations that must be taken into account when bringing that era of opera to contemporary audiences. In addition, they discuss staying true to the original intent and style of Mozart’s work. Jennifer Trost, associate professor of voice and vocal literature at Penn State, hosts.

Music 05

2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 20
Forum Building
Not open to the public

Pynkoski and Lajeunesse Zingg speak to the class about their company and what goes into producing an opera (staff, rehearsal, acting, movement, marketing, costume, staging, scenery, etc.). They also discuss their production of The Magic Flute and address topics such as why they chose to perform the opera in English rather than in German and what were some of the specific choices (additions, omissions, modernize or not, etc.) they made for the production. They also highlight a few scenes or arias from The Magic Flute.

Art History 514 Lecture

4 p.m. Wednesday, February 20
242 Borland Building
Not open to the public

Pynkoski gives a lecture, Acting in Pre-Romantic Theatre and the Articulate Body, for art history graduate students. As a stage director of historically informed productions, Pynkoski discusses acting techniques of the pre-Romantic theatre. The study and application of rhetorical gesture is influenced to a great extent by the painting and sculpture of the period. The lecture focuses on rhetorical gesture and how the actor’s movements are meant to be read by the audience. Robin Thomas, assistant professor of art history at Penn State, hosts the lecture.

Baroque Dance Workshop

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 20
128 Music Building
Not open to the public

Lajeunesse Zingg teaches Baroque dance technique to students in the Penn State School of Music Baroque Ensemble and dance students in the Penn State School of Theatre. Rob Nairn, associate professor of double bass at Penn State, hosts with Elisha Clark Halpin, associate professor and head of dance in the Penn State School of Theatre.

Salon Evening

7 p.m. Monday, April 15
The Nittany Lion Inn Board Room

The public is invited to a Salon Evening featuring Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, Opera Atelier co-artistic director, and David Fallis, Opera Atelier music director. Lajeunesse Zingg and Fallis share insights into their production of The Magic Flute and discuss why the Toronto company’s adaptation of the Mozart opera is different than others. Center for the Performing Arts Director George Trudeau moderates the ninety-minute salon, which includes an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's
The Magic Flute

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18
Eisenhower Auditorium

Canada's premier Baroque opera/ballet company, Opera Atelier makes its Penn State debut in a heralded production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, like Opera Atelier from Toronto, provides live musical accompaniment for the performance of Mozart's final and most beloved opera. The Magic Flute, a family-friendly tale of a prince out to rescue the daughter of a queen, is performed in English with English supertitles.

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Adult $62  |  University Park Student $20  |  18 and Younger $41


Buy tickets to individual presentations or create your own Choice series — and receive a 10-percent discount— by purchasing together tickets to four or more Classical Music Project presentations. Purchase tickets online; by phone at 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX; or in person at Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Audio Description

Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders.


Kish Bank
with additional support provided by Carnegie Inn & Spa, Fine Dining, and Stocker Chevrolet

Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Gerard Gauci, set designer for The Magic Flute, is offered in Eisenhower Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

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Toronto’s Opera Atelier performs Baroque version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

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Opera Atelier's Marshall Pynkoski talks about his staging of The Magic Flute.

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