Peggy Kriha Dye, an internationally working operatic soprano & director of Opera Columbus, starred in Opera Atelier’s recent production of Persée by Lully which was performed in Toronto at The Elgin Theatre and then in the opera house of The Palace of Versailles. I was honoured to be invited to Versailles to shoot some new press shots for Peggy. It was a rainy day and we had the place to ourselves. We made some regal photo magic fitting to such a great talent. xo
I had the enormous privilege of travelling to France this time last year on a photo assignment. These are a few snaps from a private tour of the Louvre after hours. It was such a pleasure to enjoy the art up close and unobstructed without the regular throngs of tourists jostling for the best angle. Springtime seems to be the right time for France and I am thrilled to announce my return to Versailles next month with Opera Atelier. They will be performing Persée by Lully from April 6th to May 3rd in Toronto and in the Palace of Versailles from May 23rd to the 25th.
I had the great opportunity to travel to Versailles on contract this past May. The palace is the best proof I have seen of that great sin, Gluttony. King Louis XIV had 10,000 workers on staff just to keep the palace running for the luxury of himself, his ‘favourites,’ and his close family. It is no wonder he ran France to ruins with his extravagant spending. Take a look at the carefully maintained gardens, the artful statues, the gold trim on everything and, my favourite, Marie Antoinette’s bed. xo