2022 Season

NZ Opera Presents:



It is with huge disappointment that we announce The Unruly Tourists as a part of Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki/Auckland Arts Festival in March is cancelled due to New Zealand currently being in the red traffic light setting, and the predicted impact of Omicron over the next few months. We are currently working on a postponement date for this premiere season.

New Zealand Opera’s General Director Thomas de Mallet Burgess says “I’m gutted that we will not be in a position to perform this work as scheduled. We have had more attention than ever before around and about this opera due in large part to its unorthodox subject matter. Development workshop rehearsals taking place last week and this week with our talented cast have convinced me that audiences – including those who already love opera as well as those who are to experience it for the first time – will love the witty, contemporary and intelligent writing. This is a dynamic and immersive piece of comic theatre that I believe is too good not to be appreciated as live performance. We are absolutely committed to presenting The Unruly Tourists at a later stage.”

Ticket holders will be offered a full refund or the option to hold on to their ticket until the new dates are confirmed and will be contacted directly about this.

We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time, and hope to bring this amazing show to you in the near future.

Luke Di Somma

Livi Reihana and Amanda Kennedy (The Fan Brigade)


In a tale from living memory, a flock of badly behaved tourists spread a trail of rubbish and fuel a national obsession. This genre-defying comedy is written by the award-winning duo of Livi Reihana and Amanda Kennedy (The Fan Brigade) and composed by Luke Di Somma.

Presented by New Zealand Opera and Auckland Arts Festival at the Bruce Mason Centre, in Takapuna where it all started, The Unruly Tourists breaks all the stereotypes you think you know about opera, and will spark conversation long after the curtain goes down.

This opera is an artistic and critical work. Not all depictions or statements are based on true events.

Take a look at this song from early in the work performed by Tayla Alexander, Te Ohorere Williams and Ben Kubiak, directed by Thomas de Mallet Burgess.

All is well in Takapuna, what could possibly go wrong?

Creative Team

Conductor: Luke Di Somma
Director: Thomas de Mallet Burgess
Designer: Tracy Grant Lord
Lighting Designer: Matthew Marshall
Assistant Director/Movement Director: Megan Adams
Dramaturg: Riley Spadaro
Dialect Coach: Perry Piercy
Cultural Advisors: Mikaere Paki, Tanea Heke, Mary Bourke
Répétiteur: Ben Kubiak


Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

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