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Opera for everyone

2020 has been a challenging year, but together we have met that challenge and we look hopefully towards the future of opera in Aotearoa.

COVID-19 has been an enormous shock for the arts sector – eliminating box office income, benefaction, and funding opportunities. To stay lean, several of our administrative team have opted to go down to part-time hours, and we have applied to Creative New Zealand, the New Zealand Opera Foundation and Canterbury Opera Foundation for assistance to honour the contracts of our artists and technicians.

New Zealand Opera’s high-level goal remains the same – reimagining opera – and during the lockdown we tacked hard left and did just that. We created a social media video series featuring our Dame Malvina Major Studio Artists, launched a Mother’s Day Serenade competition around the country, and worked with TVNZ on a special Queen’s Birthday weekend broadcast of our 2015 production of Tosca.

The pandemic has made us realise that having a more comprehensive digital offering is one of the best ways to future-proof both our organisation and our artform.

If you would like to play a role in supporting this work, we welcome your involvement at any level.

$500 is enough to pull together an aria for dissemination online, providing work to singers and répétiteurs that have lost months of contracts on the stages of Europe, Australasia and North America.

$5000 would fund a new site-specific film project that is currently in the planning phase.

$50,000 would enable us to capture a cinema-quality recording of our production of Handel’s Semele, which is scheduled for September and share it with opera-loving audiences around New Zealand (and potentially the world, much of which is still in full lockdown).

If you can give a donation to support this work, please click the DONATE button below. Donations above $5 will receive a tax receipt, and any donations of $100 and above will entitle the donor to receive the benefits associated with our Benefaction programme.

If you are not in the financial position to give, a message of support instead would be truly appreciated. Click SEND A MESSAGE below and tell us how digital performances have helped you in these turbulent times. These messages help us in our communications with trusts, foundations, and corporate partners.

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Voice your support with a donation. No amount is too big or too small! Amounts above $5 will receive a tax invoice for claiming your rebate.

All contributions of $100 and above are eligible for donor benefits as part of our benefaction programme. 

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Voice your support by telling us what opera means to you, what digital content you have enjoyed the most, and what you want to see more of online.

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