Category: Our People

From Lockdown in Kent: Jonathan Eyers
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From Lockdown in Kent: Jonathan Eyers

Jonathan Eyers is a Kiwi baritone, currently based in the UK, studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. You may have seen him on stage as Billy in Ross Harris and Vincent O’Sullivan’s Brass Poppies, performed at New Zealand Festival of the Arts and Auckland Arts Festival in March 2016. He played Belcore in...

Introducing Avenue Opera
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Introducing Avenue Opera

Emma Pearson is an Australian soprano, based in Wellington with her husband Wade Kernot. Emma was scheduled to sing the Countess in our production of The Marriage of Figaro, due to open next month and now rescheduled for next year. What has Emma been doing in the meantime? She’s launched Avenue Opera with Wade, a...

Songs from Lockdown: Anna Simmons
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Songs from Lockdown: Anna Simmons

Anna performs with Felicity Tomkins Dame Malvina Major Foundation Studio Artist Anna Simmons reports in from Tauranga with her lockdown tips and an update on how she’s been using the downtime. Tell us about where you are in lockdown. Where did you come from to be there? Who are you with? I am riding out...

Songs From lockdown: Harry GRigg
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Songs From lockdown: Harry GRigg

Harry Grigg (centre) with the 2020 Opera in Schools team Our Dame Malvina Major Foundation Studio Artists have been busily working on their programme online during this lockdown period, but they also decided to each record a song to share from their homes to yours. The first in this series features Harry Grigg singing ‘Go, Lovely Rose’...

Side by Side: Polly Ott & Fiona McCabe
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Side by Side: Polly Ott & Fiona McCabe

Our Opera in Schools tour of The Magic Flute and the Broomstick came to an early close due to the Covid-19 situation, and our leading lady Polly Ott ended up staying in New Zealand a little longer than anticipated. Before she flew back to Germany, she and Fiona McCabe (musical director) recorded this special song...

Meet the team: Andrew Gordon
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Meet the team: Andrew Gordon

Andrew at Opera in the Park, with Angus Simmons (left) Andrew Gordon is New Zealand Opera’s Participation Co-ordinator. One of his major projects each year is going on the road with our Opera in Schools programme as tour manager. Andrew is also a freelance actor, writer and theatre director, and for this year’s Opera in...

Home for Lockdown: Eliza Boom
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Home for Lockdown: Eliza Boom

Boheme at Welsh National Opera, with Shengzhi Ren, photography by Kirsten McTernan Eliza Boom was a 2017 Dame Malvina Major Scholar with New Zealand Opera. Since then, she’s continued honing her craft overseas, returning home regularly and being placed runner up in the 2018 Lexus Song Quest. Most recently, she’s been training at the National...

Meet the team: Rosalind Hemmings
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Meet the team: Rosalind Hemmings

Rosalind Hemmings is New Zealand Opera’s Development Manager, having joined the company in mid-2019. The role encompasses events, sponsorship and benefaction and keeps her extremely busy – even now as she works from home during Alert Level 4. “Working from home isn’t easy, but we keep each other going whether it’s a phone call, video...

Meet the team: Thomas De Mallet Burgess
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Meet the team: Thomas De Mallet Burgess

In the rehearsal room for The Turn of The Screw. Credit Michael Bradley General Director Thomas de Mallet Burgess joined New Zealand Opera in mid-2018. While the role is his first in New Zealand, it’s just the latest in a decades-long career in opera. Thomas is currently in a ‘bubble’ in Orakei with his “Swiss...

From lockdown in Germany: Imogen ThirLwAll
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From lockdown in Germany: Imogen ThirLwAll

Imogen lounging around backstage during La Rondine. Credit: Pedro Arroyo It’s coming up three years since Imogen Thirlwall left Wellington to pursue singing in Europe – but you may remember seeing her on stage in many of our New Zealand Opera productions, she was a member of the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus and a Dame Malvina...

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The Lullaby Project

New Zealand Opera has partnered with the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute on a something very special, bringing The Lullaby Project to Aotearoa. The Lullaby Project was launched by Carnegie Hall in 2011, working with new and expecting parents to write personal lullabies for their child or children with the help of professional artists. Since...