2022 Season

New Zealand Opera Presents:

21 September – 22 October

Giuseppe Verdi

Francesco Maria Piave after William Shakespeare


No one writes about the nature of power better than Shakespeare and to this Verdi brings an all-encompassing dramatic energy through his music.

Be prepared for total theatre. This new production by Netia Jones, conducted by Brad Cohen, features Phillip Rhodes and Amanda Echalaz in their international role debuts as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

With a stellar cast of talent from Aotearoa, New Zealand including Wade Kernot, Jared Holt, Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono, Morag Atchison and the New Zealand Opera Chorus.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Duration – 2.5 hours including a 20 minute interval

There will be no in-person preshow talks for Macbeth. Instead we will offer digital recordings of interviews with the cast and creative team.

Audio described performances and touch tours


After a group of witches predict that Macbeth will become King of Scotland, his wife, Lady Macbeth, urges him to kill the existing ruler, King Duncan. Consumed by his quest for power and encouraged by his wife’s ruthless ambition, Macbeth does indeed assume throne and continues to order murders to eliminate his enemies. However, disaster eventually overtakes both him and Lady Macbeth as the forces of good prevail.

Adapted from Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

Creative Team

Conductor: Brad Cohen
Director: Netia Jones
Set & Costume Designer: Netia Jones
Video Designer: Netia Jones/Lightmap
Assistant Director: Jacqueline Coats
Lighting Designer: Matthew Marshall
Chorus Director: Claire Caldwell (AKL), Michael Vinten (WLG), Andrew Crooks (CHC)


Macbeth: Phillip Rhodes
Lady Macbeth: Amanda Echalaz
Banquo: Wade Kernot
Macduff: Jared Holt
Malcolm: Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono
Lady-in-Waiting: Morag Atchison


Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Orchestra Wellington

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

New Zealand Opera Chorus


21, 23 September, 7.30pm

25 September, 2.30pm

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre


5, 7 October, 7.30pm

9 October, 2.30pm

St James Theatre


20, 22 October 7.30pm

Isaac Theatre Royal



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“In something of a coup for the company, (Netia Jones’) services as director, set designer and video artist result in a visual feast that is a wonderment to behold. Her brilliantly innovative staging of this dark, twisted and internecine world manages to be contemporary while remaining true to the power of both Shakespeare and to Verdi. It is a triumph.” – Malcolm Calder, NZ Arts Review

“Phillip Rhodes is the perfect embodiment of Macbeth with his bearded good looks and commanding stage presence….It isn’t long however before he begins a descent into anguish and paranoia as he transforms bit by bit into a mentally tortured tyrant in black combat gear. Rhodes does this perfectly and his presence on stage is impossible to ignore.  Matching him in power and at times unhinged malevolence is Amanda Echalaz as his Lady, and then Queen.”Andrew Whiteside

Photography by Grant Triplow

Videography by Fiftyone50 Productions

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