NZ Opera

Acis & Galatea
Glyndebourne Style

Due to popular demand, a second performance of Acis & Galatea has been announced for Sunday, 24 February at The Woolshed at Tipapa. The Saturday, 23 February performance has sold out.

New Zealand Opera announces its presence in the South Island with this specially mounted new production of Acis & Galatea in the stunning setting of Tipapa Estate, cradled in the rolling hills of North Canterbury. Enjoy a taste of Glyndebourne in New Zealand with this exclusive black tie event. Sung in English.

The Story

Nymphs, shepherds and a jealous giant make up the cast of this delightful pastoral opera - Handel's first dramatic work written in English and his most popular by far. The production will uniquely reference the early settler history of the homestead and features some of New Zealand's brightest rising opera stars.



The Woolshed at Tipapa.
40 Motunau Beach Road, Greta Valley, North Canterbury.

  • Sunday February 24.
    — Gates open 4.30pm for 5.30pm start.

    Saturday February 23. SOLD OUT
    — Gates open 4.30pm for 5.30pm start.

    Dress: Black tie


Take a leisurely drive in the country to and from the event or chose to leave it to someone else and book a seat on a dedicated coach service from Christchurch. Bus tickets are $20 per person return and can be booked through our box office on 0800 NZOPERA (696 737)


Tickets on sale now $225 per person (including wine).
White Tie Catering picnic hampers available for $62.50 per person.
Bus tickets $20 per person return.

Dress: Black tie

0800 NZOPERA (696 737)

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Andrew GrenonEmma FraserOliver Sewell Robert Tucker

Andrew Grenon Acis

Emma Fraser Galatea

Oliver Sewell Damon

Robert Tucker Polyphemus Read bio

Robert Tucker

Proudly supported by Friends of the Opera, Christchurch.
Madama Butterfly, Christchurch 2015.

Background: Born in Australia but raised in Dunedin. Holds a BMus (University of Otago). Became an Emerging Performer at the Australian Opera Studio in Perth in 2005 and is a current NZ Opera Freemasons Resident Artist. Repertoire: Masetto: Don Giovanni, Schaunard: La bohème, Polyphemus: Acis and Galatea, Noah: Noye's Fludde, Prout/Army Major/Reporter/Settler: Hōhepa (NZO, NZ International Arts Festival); Jove: La Calisto (Days Bay Opera); Masetto: Don Giovanni, Ford: Falstaff (IFAC Opera Japan); Count Almaviva: The Marriage of Figaro (English Chamber Opera); Moralès: Carmen (Scottish Opera, Australian Opera Studio); Guglielmo: Così fan tutte (Australian Opera Studio, Opera Otago); Papageno: Die Zauberflöte, Harlequin: Ariadne auf Naxos, Lescaut: Manon, Mr Peachum: The Threepenny Opera, Garibaldo: Rodelinda (Australian Opera Studio); Opera Highlights tour (Scottish Opera). Concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Stabat Mater, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, Elijah, Vaughan-Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Stanford’s Songs of the Sea.

Robert Tucker


Aidan Lang Elizabeth Whiting Erin Helyard

Aidan Lang Director

Elizabeth Whiting Costume Designer

Erin Helyard Conductor