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Opera Atelier: Opera Lovers

opera atelier: I've just met four of the fiercest opera lovers in the city and they're all who knew under 40, according to NOW Magazine. No, they're not aspiring singers themselves, and none of them works in the performing arts as a day job. If you think opera is an elitist art form attended solely by monocle-sporting one percenters, think again. But they'll be going to every production at the Canadian Opera Company including the just-opened Arabella and L'elisir D'amore sometimes more than once, as well as shows by Opera Atelier, Against the Grain and Tapestry.A couple of them even plan their vacations around opera. In fact, it was a tweet by Hayden listing performances he planned on seeing not just in Toronto but in Philadelphia, NYC, Chicago, Montreal, Washington, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and San Francisco that first opened my eyes to young opera fandom. Three years ago, I went to Europe for the first time and saw 28 operas in 28 days in seven different countries, says Dylan Hayden, a marketing specialist in the entertainment industry. ( As reported in the news.