Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update

Tuesday 9 June, 2020

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.

Tuesday 28 April, 2020

Alert Level 3 means that New Zealand Opera’s offices remain closed, with our people continuing to work-from-home, as we play our part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Our team is working on rescheduling projects, staying connected with our opera community, and bringing forward plans for creative projects in the digital space.

For the latest updates on our season and the impacts of COVID-19, stay tuned on this page.

Although our office is closed, please stay in touch with your usual contacts, or call or email us on:

Phone: 0800 696 737 or +64 9 379 4068

Email: hello@nzopera.co.nz

Watch out for updates on our website, Facebook or Instagram.

We will get through this together and be stronger for it.

Ngā mihi,

Thomas de Mallet Burgess
General Director


Thursday 19 March, 2020

New Zealand Opera has made the difficult decision to reschedule our 2020 production of The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the Government directive on audience sizes and the travel restrictions impacting international cast and creatives, we believe this is the only possible decision and one that prioritises the health and wellbeing of our performers, crew, orchestras, audiences and community at large.

We intend to remount The Marriage of Figaro in September/October 2021. This will be the same new production that was due to start rehearsing next month, and will continue the exciting work already achieved. As soon as we are able to confirm dates and venues, we will work with the existing cast, creatives and production team to give them first refusal on their previous roles.

The Christchurch season of Eight Songs for a Mad King has also been rescheduled to the end of this year. We will contact each ticket holder individually to discuss options regarding their ticket purchases.

Ticket holders for both productions will be contacted directly to arrange for credits or refunds.

At this stage we are hopeful that Semele (10 – 19 September in Auckland) and our national tour of The Human Voice (6 October – 6 November) will go ahead as planned.

“This is an uncertain time for everyone, and while we are all extremely disappointed not to be in a position to bring these productions to audiences as planned, we have no other option but to reschedule,” says General Director Thomas de Mallet Burgess.

“The year started so well for New Zealand Opera with such a favourable response to our reimagining opera with Eight Songs for a Mad King. We look forward to picking up where we left off as soon as circumstances permit. In the meantime we’ll be working on new project ideas in the digital space. The most important thing at this time is to focus on resilience and wellbeing, and our priority over the coming weeks is to look after our staff and community.”


Our Box Office team are available by phone, email or our website during this time. Please do not visit our office as many of our team will be working from home. View our contact page.


Our production of Eight Songs for a Mad King is currently in season as part of Auckland Arts Festival and the remaining performance (19 March) will go ahead as planned.

We encourage you to follow these precautions:

  • If you are unwell, please stay at home.
  • Please do not attend if you have recently returned from mainland China, Iran, Italy or the Republic of Korea.  The list of affected countries may change, more information for travellers can be found here.
  • Please always wash your hands thoroughly and practice good hygiene when using public spaces.
  • The wellbeing and safety of our performers, crew, staff and audiences is of the utmost importance. We continue to take advice from the Ministry of Health and other key stakeholders. In the event that a performance is cancelled we will email all ticket holders.

Click here to book remaining tickets to this critically acclaimed production.

Please contact us as soon as possible if you are not able to attend a performance by calling our Box Office on 0800 696 737 and we will discuss the options available to you.

Ministry of Health information on attending public events can be found here.