29 October - 6 November 2020

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Group Bookings

Organise a night out with friends or family. If you book for a group of 6 or more take advantage of our group discounts. Talk to us about flexible payment plans and the discount ranges for various group numbers. No booking fee applies to group bookings.

Call 0800 696 737 for more information.


Thursday 29 October 2020 7.30 pm

Saturday 31 October 2020 7.30 pm

Monday 2 November 2020 7.30 pm

Wednesday 4 November 2020 7.30 pm

Friday 6 November 2020 7.30 pm

Holy Trinity Cathedral

446 Parnell Road, Parnell

Student Tickets

If you are a student or are under 25 years old – book your ticket now for only $25.

Fame and immortality come to church

You’re invited to attend the Wedding of the Year, with our unique and immersive production of Handel’s Semele. Come and experience the brilliance of Handel’s uplifting music with the ingenuity of our site-specific staging in the breathtaking beauty of the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Handel’s Baroque masterpiece Semele is an exciting mix of opera and oratorio. Unlike his much more famous Messiah, this work scandalised audiences when first performed at Covent Garden theatre in 1774. Drawn from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the sensual story explores a love triangle between Jupiter, King of the Gods, his wife, the goddess Juno, and his lover, the mortal princess Semele.

New Zealand Opera is forming a new Baroque Orchestra featuring expert period-instrument players conducted by Peter Walls, a globally acknowledged master in the performance of period music.

Featuring New Zealand-based singers Emma Pearson, Amitai Pati, Paul Whelan, Sarah Castle, Stephen Diaz and Chelsea Dolman. The work incorporates the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus and the Cathedral Choir to give voice to the polyphonic choruses so beloved by Handel.

This is a new production, conceived and directed by New Zealand Opera’s General Director Thomas de Mallet Burgess with Jacqueline Coats.

Duration: This performance is 3 hours long with a 20 minute interval.

This opera is sung in English.

This season is limited to only five performances. Book your tickets today.


We are pleased to offer an audio described performance of Semele to our blind and vision impaired patrons, as well as an optional preceding Touch Tour. Two hours before the designated performance, patrons are invited to join us, on the set, to become familiar with the performance space, set, prop and costume elements of the production.  The audio description is received, live, via individual headsets enhancing the experience of enjoying the beautiful musical performances being created on stage.

Audio-described performances and touch tour for Semele


Monday 2 November 2020 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Parnell Auckland


While seating is GA, there will be a reserved section for our audio description patrons and their companions;  For those who require it, companion seating is provided free of charge (one companion for each vision-impaired patron): booking fees apply.

Touch Tour

Optional for vision-impaired patrons, plus one companion each, please register interest when processing ticket purchase; please meet in cathedral foyer two hours before the performance.


Guide dogs welcome.

New Zealand Opera prepares a text-only programme for each vision-impaired patron, sent out approximately one week prior to the performance.

For more information or to register interest, please contact the NZ Opera Box Office Manager: Julie Bird at or 0800 696 737.

Meet The Cast

The Creative Team

Directed by Thomas de Mallet Burgess & Jacqueline Coats

Designed by Tracy Grant Lord

Lighting designed by Jo Kilgour

Conductor Peter Walls