6:24 Voices of Aotearoa

New Zealand Opera’s 6:24 Voices of Aotearoa

We are thrilled to welcome the 24 creatives selected to take part in the Company’s new opera writing development opportunity, 6:24 Voices of Aotearoa. The programme will see six teams of four creatives gather in Auckland for two intensive weekends of creative exploration and collaboration, with a sharing of work in progress to invited guests planned at the conclusion on 24 January 2021.

Each team will comprise an instrumentalist, writer, composer, and opera singer at different stages of their careers. The teams will be revealed at the start of the first workshop on 31 October. The 24 creatives confirmed for 6:24 Voices of Aotearoa are:

Writers: Moana Ete, Matthew Kereama, Eleanor Bishop,  Renee Liang, Siobhan Rosenthal, and Chris Tse.

Instrumentalists: Camila Helena de Oliveira (piano), Gabriela Glapska (piano), Ben Kubiak (piano), Leon Reynolds (flute), Barkin Sertkaya (guitar), and Tyran Talamaivao (keys and guitar).

Composers: Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, Fiona Chua, Rosa Elliot, Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, Natalia Sheppard (MC Tali), and Anthony Young.

Opera singers: Kelly Lim Harris (soprano), Anna Kostina (mezzo), Tessa Romano (mezzo), Rowena Simpson (soprano), Jayne Tankersley (soprano), and Robert Tucker (baritone).

General Director Thomas de Mallet Burgess says he’s delighted with the 24 people who make up the first cohort of the experimental programme.

“The call-out attracted over 110 expressions of interest from such a broad range of talent from many different creative communities that it has been a hard task reflecting this in a final list of just 24.

“It’s a wonderfully interesting group of people that I can’t wait to get working with to find out more about where they would take opera. It is so important that the national opera company invests in our own stories.”

6:24 Voices of Aotearoa is a pilot programme for New Zealand Opera, designed to discover new creative voices and challenge preconceptions about what opera is as an art form. Participation is free and flights, accommodation, and per-diems are provided to ensure that distance is not a barrier to participation.

“The ultimate outcome would be to be able to commission some of the teams to create short works that could then be staged by New Zealand Opera, but at the very least we hope that we’ll be able to continue our relationship with these artists.”

If you would like to learn more about the participants click here.

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