“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!”
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Important Information: With the move to Alert Level 1, and the limits on public gatherings lifted we are very happy and confident that the rest of our programme for 2020 may go ahead as planned. Please visit our What’s On page for more information on each production.
Every year New Zealand Opera involve thousands of people in their participation initiatives. These include our annual Open Day, Pop up chorus, Community talks and tours and pre performance talks. This year we are proud to have launched the Lullaby Project for New Zealand with the support of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.
Expressions of Interest
Voices of Aotearoa 6:24 is an exciting new development opportunity for writers, composers, instrumentalists and opera singers designed to help kick-start the creation of new opera works. The programme will see 24 participants form six teams of four, for two intensive and exploratory weekend workshops. The teams will be tasked with combining their unique skills and experiences to create a short narrative and song, to be performed at the end of the programme. Participants will be selected through an application process which is open until 31 July 2021. Click below for more details.
Voice Your Support
We’re raising funds to enhance our digital offering and record future performances like Tosca which played on TVNZ over Queen’s Birthday weekend. Our deadline is now set as the Opening Night of Semele on Thursday 10 September. If you are able, even a small gift can go a long way. Alternatively, lend your voice to the cause, submit a comment in support of this initiative or help spread the word!
Welcome to NZ Opera
2020 marks the 20th anniversary of New Zealand Opera. Something to celebrate!
Opera in Aotearoa began long before 2000 but since the merger with the National Opera of Wellington and Southern Opera in Christchurch, we are proud to have produced 451 opera performances, including 48 mainscale operas and 30 touring and festival operas. In addition to this we have presented 750 other performance events to an audience of more than 730,000 and included over 100,000 school children, youth and adults through our participation projects. We provide a platform for artists from many fields to advance their lives into international and local professional careers in the arts and opera.
New Zealand Opera’s 2020 season theme is Revolution Redemption Resignation and features our mainscale production The Marriage of Figaro and site specific works Eight Songs for a Mad King, Semele and The Human Voice. We also have a busy programme of other concerts and events nationwide throughout the year, ensuring there is something for everyone. Thank you for all your support in 2019, it was a challenging year for us and we look forward to sharing our events with you in 2020!
“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.