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Young Friends Takes Off

There is no doubt that the opera audience is aging. Even the Metropolitan Opera acknowledges that it's audience is literally dying. New Zealand Opera started the Young Friends of the Opera initiative in 2011 with the goal of introducing more young people to this fabulous art form.
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Staff Q&A: Anna Hoetjes

We sat down with NZ Opera's new Education & Development Co-ordinator Anna Hoetjes and asked her all about herself. Welcome to the team Anna.
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Opera Homecoming

New Zealand Opera celebrates its Christchurch connection next month with a return to the Isaac Theatre Royal for its own acclaimed, emotionally charged production of Madama Butterfly.
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A Butterfly between Hope and Heaven

Opera re-emerges on the stage of the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal this July with yet another creation of elegance and beauty: Kate Cherry’s production of Puccini’s heart-rending Madama Butterfly.
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Circle 100 Scholar Winner 2015 - Christian Thurston

Baritone Christian Thurston has been announced as the 2015 recipient of the Opera Guild's Circle 100 Scholarship. The $20,000 scholarship is given to one of New Zealand Opera’s Emerging Artists based on an audition, interview, study plan and budget submission.
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Cinderella story transcends time and just about every culture. Why is the Cinderella story so popular? A dip into the dogeared pages of the book I received as a child was a potent reminder.
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In Mina's Memory

Melbourne-born, New Zealand-raised mezzo, Rachelle Pike, who sings Tisbe in La cenerentola, is this year’s Dame Malvina Major Foundation Mina Foley Scholar.
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