‘Armide’ by Opera Atelier.

Opera Atelier’s current production of Lully’s Armide is a heart-wrenching work of passion, perfection, beauty, and theatre in its highest form. The show is an “Armide fit for Versailles,” as the Toronto Star’s rave review stated earlier this week. Opera Atelier is indeed heading back to the Palace of Versailles to perform a run of Armide immediately following the Toronto shows this week at The Elgin Theatre. What an incredible representation of Toronto on the world stage! Get your tickets while you still can HERE.

Armide Synopsis: The action concerns the Muslim Warrior Princess Armide and the Christian Knight Renaud. Although a virgin, Armide’s greatest power lies in her sexual allure, which reduces men to a state of hopeless submission. Armide herself is protected by the fact that she herself has never experienced desire. Renaud also draws his strength from an almost mystic virginity which renders him impervious to Armide’s allure.

Armide is played by soprano Peggy Kriha Dye, who has once again evolved her craft into a new and higher realm of drama and technique. Her performance had me weak at the knees and shedding tears over Armide’s inner battle with the all-consuming power and torment of Love. I have had the pleasure of shooting Peggy twice now. The first time was in the Palace of Versailles during Opera Atelier’s production of Persee last year. We shot again at The Elgin Theatre earlier this year during the opera’s production of Orpheus and Eurydice. She is a goddess of a woman; strong, fearless, and gorgeous. Take a look:

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Soprano Peggy Kriha Dye by Jennifer Toole // Shot at The Elgin Theatre in Toronto

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Soprano Peggy Kriha Dye by Jennifer Toole // Shot at The Elgin Theatre in Toronto

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Soprano Peggy Kriha Dye by Jennifer Toole // Shot at The Palace of Versailles

Tyler Gledhill dances the role of Cupid in this production with much grace, elegance & power. Adorned with the wings of an angel Tyler weaves the delicate yet steady thread of Love through the plot; ever-present and rapturous. Tyler dances this role as a god among men. We shot together a while back for a fashion spread featuring the bespoke designs of Toronto fashion house Northbound Leather. Take a look:

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Tyler Gledhill by Jenifer Toole // Shot at The Extension Room in Toronto

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Tyler Gledhill by Jenifer Toole // Shot at The Extension Room in Toronto

Soprano Meghan Lindsay is another incredible talent I have been so lucky to shoot who is also one of the stars of Armide. She adds her pure, silvery tones and striking looks to the supporting role of Sidonie. Her face was made for the camera. We shot her at The Elgin as well during the opera’s run of Orpheus and Eurydice earlier this year. Take a look:

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Meghan Lindsay by Jennifer Toole // Shot at The Elgin Theatre in Toronto

I have to express my gratitude to Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, the directors of Opera Atelier, for continuing to elevate the level of theatre in the world from our fine city. Your vision is pure, passionate, and will continue to resonate. In a world full of cut corners in the name of efficiency, your company provides an anti-thesis of decadence and skill. Looking forward, xo

Herself.com in the News

In the wake of the launch of Herself.com, which went live on January 10th, over 3000 women have emailed to participate in the project. What an extraordinary response! It’s time to take Herself on the road and make sure each and every woman gets to share her story. Thank you all for your support!

Caitlin published a new addition to the site today. Her name is Aniela. Click the photo below to be directed to her interview.

"The fires we go through in life are really the best part of the journey. Enjoy the burn." - Aniela Photo by Samantha Dietz

“The fires we go through in life are really the best part of the journey. Enjoy the burn.” – Aniela
Photo by Samantha Dietz

The international press has been quite good to Herself following the launch. Here are is a small round-up of articles featuring the site:

How Caitlin Stasey’s NSFW Website Is Moving Feminism Forward – TIME Magazine

Reign’s Caitlin Stasey Urges Women to ‘Reclaim Our Bodies’ on Nude Feminist Website – People Magazine

Caitlin Stasey Launches Feminist Nudity Website Called Herself – Glamour Magazine

Women Are Posing Naked To Reclaim Their Bodies – Buzzfeed

Laid bare: Former Neighbours star and feminist Caitlin Stasey poses full frontal nude for the launch of her female-empowerment website Herself – Daily Mail

Caitlin Stasey dons Free The Nipple T-shirt with breasts drawn on at launch of her female-empowerment website Herself after posing for full frontal – Daily Mail UK

This Actress Just Launched The Most Important NSFW Website I’ve Seen – Upworthy

​caitlin stasey is reclaiming the female body by publishing her own naked photos on the internet – i-D Magazine

On Actress Caitlin Stasey’s Herself.com, Women Pose Nude To Reclaim Their Bodies – Huffington Post UK

We Talked to Actress Caitlin Stasey About Female Masturbation and Hollywood’s Sexist Bullshit – VICE

Caitlin Stasey: ‘Reign’ Star Posts Nude Pics On Her New Feminism Website – Hollywood Life

Why ex Neighbours actress Caitlin Stasey launched feminist website Herself.com – Daily Life

Herself.com Moves Feminism in the Right Direction – The State Press

Nude portrait series brainchild of Toronto photographer – Blog TO

Caitlin Stasey Goes Full Frontal For New Feminist Website – Oyster Mag

Actress Launches Artful NSFW Website to Empower Women – AP’s Pro Photo Daily

Thank you, thank you, thank you. xo

Northbound Leather Models of the Month: The August Edition pt. 3

And even more scenes from my sailboat shoot for Northbound Leather. Hair and Make-Up by Bronwen Weiderick. Modelled by Dave Gillespie and @skylerhberg. Check out the full series on www.northboundlive.com. xo

 

Fashion Series Magazine: An Interview

 

Screen shot 2013-02-18 at 9.55.34 PMThe fine folks at Fashion Series Magazine published a candid interview with yours truly in their aSymmetry issue this month. The interview is accompanied by my editorial “Arinna Rises”. Check it out in all its glory HERE.