“I have enjoyed going to the last few New Zealand Opera productions at the Isaac Theatre Royal and, more importantly, I have won over my previously ambivalent partner who now looks forward to going to the opera with me!”
29 October – 6 November 2020
The Human Voice
13 October – 12 November 2020
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Important Information: Auckland has joined the rest of the country with Level 1 restrictions. All our productions will move ahead as scheduled.
2020 Open Day
This event has been canceled due to COVID-19 Level 3 government restrictions.
Featuring behind-the-scenes tours of the wardrobe, wigs and makeup departments. Take the opportunity to watch artists at work in the rehearsal studio, and dress-ups for all ages. New Zealand Opera’s Open Day is a wonderful opportunity to see what happens behind the scenes to create an opera.
15 October 2020
Join us for a very special Insights event at the Opera Centre in Parnell. Art historian David Maskill will explore the story of Semele through depictions of the myth in art from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century.
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Voice Your Support
Exciting News! We’ve met our campaign goal for Voice Your Support, which means that we’ll be able to go ahead and film our production of Handel’s Semele next month. COVID-19 has forced us all to rethink how we do business, and how to continue to deliver top-quality work at Alert Level. The funds from Voice Your Support will help enormously as we navigate 2021 and launch our new digital initiatives. THANK YOU to everyone who gave to this campaign, we’ll keep you updated. If you are not on our mailing list please click the link below to be first to know about these new initiatives and all things opera!
Welcome to NZ Opera
Enriching the cultural life of Aotearoa
Whakarangatirahia te oranga ahurea o Aotearoa
In the 20 years since the inception of New Zealand Opera, the company has presented over 460 opera performances that include mainscale opera, touring productions, festival productions, concerts and other events to audiences of more than 730,000. Alongside this, the Company has pioneered extensive participation programmes for school children, young people and adults that have resulted in over 100,000 people engaging with opera in educational and meaningful ways. Furthermore, New Zealand Opera has a thriving Artist Development Programme in association with the Dame Malvina Major Foundation.
Under the artistic and organisational leadership of General Director Thomas de Mallet Burgess, the Company is re-imagining what opera might be within a New Zealand context (celebrating our cultural diversity including Māori and Pasifika arts; finding fiscally appropriate ways of commissioning new work; finding touring models that support the country’s regions) to build bridges between our art form and new audiences.
Now is an exciting time for opera in New Zealand. We continue to produce productions of size and quality and support many New Zealand singers working at the highest levels on a global stage. We are also experimenting with immersive and site-specific productions that seek to develop our audience. We will see exciting new works that tell our stories presented in the near future, and as a national company, we are beginning to extend our reach into new areas around the country. All of this to build on the rich heritage of opera in Aotearoa.
“The opera is like a poem we can watch”
“I would like to watch more opera in the future, and I think all playwrights are so clever for life. This is real art.”
“Spell-bound from the first bar.”
“Loved the colours of all of the doors, costumes and the set, in general. It is a fun opera at any time, but I left the performance with a real grin on my face. It was full of positive energy….that is always good! Thank you.”
We're excited to reveal our 2020 programme, focused on connecting with New Zealand people and stories, and introducing opera to new audiences.
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