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Alexandra Granville: Staff Q+A


Continuing with our series on the friendly faces behind the scenes at NZ Opera, we'd like to introduce you to our Wellington Development Manager, Alexandra Granville. Alex works with the Development team to manage relationships with our sponsors and friends in the Wellington area. Find out what pushes Alex's buttons and hear about her curious singing experiences.

Alexandra Granville, Wellington Development Manager

What job do you do at New Zealand Opera?
Wellington Development Manager

What is the best part of your job?
Connecting with people

What is the most unusual thing you’ve found yourself doing in the name of opera?
Wearing a full nun’s habit, complete with wimple. I performed in a Hong Kong Festival production of Tosca when I was eighteen, with Josephine Bairstow and Giacomo Aragall. What an experience!

What do you do in your spare time?
I sing in the occasional concert, the most recent was the sold out concert by Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir performing Mozart’s Requiem in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.

If you could choose any opera costume from our wardrobe, what would it be?
Sophie’s costume from Der Rosenkavalier, or the Countess’ black gown in The Marriage of Figaro, made from … denim!?

Any chance of seeing you on stage one day?
Absolutely, though possibly not the operatic stage.

If you could swap roles with someone else in the company, which role would you choose?
Education Officer or Artistic Assistant.

If someone was interested in taking the same career path as you, where should they start off?
There’s no substitute for practical experience. Volunteering on a committee for an amateur group is a good start.

Favourite aria? (...and what opera is it from?)
I have three tied for first place: ‘O mio babbino caro’ from Gianni Schicchi (I sang it with a string quartet, albeit transposed a third down, at my sister’s wedding on a hillside overlooking Cook Strait); ‘Amour! viens aider ma faiblesse’ from Samson et Dalila; ‘Chi il bel sogno di Doretta’ from La Rondine.

Favourite opera moment?
The play within a play from NZ Opera’s production of Pagliacci in 2011. All the elements were fantastic, the set, lighting, costumes, everything! And who could forget Andrew Glover’s perfect imitation of Elvis Presley?