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Summer Of Opera

Thank you for joining us! Get ready to enjoy a beautiful evening with some of Aotearoa’s most talented operatic stars. We’ve curated a programme that will thrill and delight you: from the most loved classics, to highlights from our upcoming season of Rigoletto, along with some local favourites.

Our General Director, Brad Cohen, will be your host. At the end of the evening, we invite you to join us in a singalong of the famous Libiamo (Drinking Song) chorus from Verdi’s La traviata. Don’t be shy – we welcome everyone to get involved in the power and beauty of opera. Simply click the link below to see the lyrics live and join in.

Want to immerse yourself in more opera this year? 

Don’t miss out on NZ Opera’s 2024 season! We have something for everyone this year: Mansfield Park, Le comte Ory, Rigoletto and more. Head to nzopera.com to find out more and get your tickets before they sell out!

Ngā Kaiwaiata/Te Kaipiana


Katherine Winitana

Katherine Winitana


Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi, Ngāti Kahungunu

Catrin Johnsson

Catrin Johnsson


Ridge Ponini

Ridge Ponini


Joel Amosa

Joel Amosa


David Kelly

David Kelly


Brad Cohen

NZ Opera General Director & MC




Traditional, Pōkarekare Ana


Mozart, ‘Madamina, il catalogo è questo’ – Don Giovanni

Katherine & Joel

Mozart, ‘Là ci darem la mano’ – Don Giovanni

Katherine, Catrin & Alfred

Mozart, ‘Soave sia il vento’ – Così fan tutte


Verdi, ‘La donna è mobile’ – Rigoletto


Mascagni, ‘Voi lo sapete, o mamma’ – Cavalleria Rusticana


Puccini, ‘Chi il bel sogno di Doretta’ – La Rondine

Katherine, Catrin, Ridge & Alfred

Verdi, ‘Un dì, se ben rammentomi…Bella figlia dell’amore’ (Quartetto) – Rigoletto


Puccini, ‘O mio babbino caro’ – Gianni Schicchi

Katherine, Ridge & all

Verdi, ‘Libiamo ne’ lieti calici’ – La traviata



Bernstein, West Side Story balcony scene

Katherine & Ridge

Bernstein, ‘Tonight’ – West Side Story


Gershwin, ‘I got plenty o’ nuttin” – Porgy and Bess

Katherine & Joel

Gershwin, ‘Bess, you is my woman now’ – Porgy and Bess

Katherine & Catrin

Offenbach, ‘Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour’ (Barcarolle) – Les contes d’Hoffmann


Tosti, ‘A vucchella’

Ridge & Alfred

Bizet, ‘Au fond du temple saint’ – Les pêcheurs de perles


Traditional (Samoan), Le manutagi e


Rodgers & Hammerstein, ‘You’ll never walk alone’ – Carousel


Princess Te Rangi Pai, Hine e Hine

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To join in, click this link for the lyrics and follow your MC, Brad Cohen.

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