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Shades of Johnny Depp and Dr Who

Distinguished conductor and New Zealand Opera’s Director of Music, Wyn Davies, explains why he’s excited about conducting The Flying Dutchman, even though he wouldn’t call himself a Wagnerian.
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Don Giovanni in rehearsal

Watch the ultimate seducer get his comeuppance in NZ Opera's raw new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. On stage in Christchurch 21 - 24 August 2013.
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Stars come out for opera of our time

New Zealand Opera’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece, Don Giovanni, comes to life in Christchurch in three weeks, heralding the rebirth of fully staged opera in the city.
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A student's experience of Noye's Fludde

17 year old student Emma Fussell is performing the role of Mrs Jaffett in our Auckland productions of Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood). As a participant in our biggest community outreach project to date, Emma has taken the time to write about her experiences in the opera.
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The Flying Dutchman actor auditions

New Zealand Opera is holding auditions for the Wellington and Auckland seasons of The Flying Dutchman. We need 9 male actors and 1 female actor for non-speaking roles in each city. Applicants must be comfortable with performing in little or no clothing. They must have a commanding stage presence and move confidently and easily.
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NZ Opera's General Director heads to the US

New Zealand Opera’s Chairman, Sir David Gascoigne, announced today that Aidan Lang, General Director of New Zealand Opera, will be leaving the company in March 2014 to take up the position of General Director of Seattle Opera.
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Madame Butterfly gets dressed up

Two outrageously lucky members of the Madame Butterfly creative team recently hit the streets of Tokyo, Japan on a whirlwind shopping adventure to source the perfect costumes for our upcoming production. NZ Opera’s wardrobe supervisor Sophie Ham and Madame Butterfly production designer Christina Smith spent eight days exploring Tokyo districts for authentic second hand kimonos and traditional fabrics and the fruits of their labour are spectacular!
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