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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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Review of Creative New Zealand's support for Opera

Creative New Zealand carries out rolling reviews of each of the areas of art form practice that it supports. On February 23, it released its Opera Discussion Paper. New Zealand Opera (NZO) has welcomed this review and we are taking time to thoroughly consider the discussion paper and create our submission. We encourage you to do the same.
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Star Navigator a new work by Tim Finn

Commissioned by West Australian Opera, Victorian Opera and New Zealand Opera. In a new collaboration, and a new model of joint commissioning, we are proud to announce that three Australasian opera companies, West Australian Opera, Victorian Opera and New Zealand Opera have come together to commission a new work from Tim Finn, OBE.
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Seasons for the Soul

Latin passions and sensory overload. From unbridled joy and silliness to deep loss and longing; from fairytale frivolity to characters sadistic and sexy, vengeful and visceral. It must be opera! This is the 2015 season of our national opera company.
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Wellington talent comes home with "the best opera you will ever see"

This accolade for NZ Opera’s Don Giovanni in the Weekend Herald has been followed by superlative reviews and enthusiastic houses for the season at Auckland’s Aotea Centre. With the end of the Auckland run, the cast now has Wellington in its sights, much to the delight of the director and principal singers who call our city home.
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