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Bringing opera to the people

As others have noted, these are extraordinary times.

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 lock down we tacked hard left and did just that. We created a social media video series called Side By Side, 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 lockdown 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. $500 is enough to pull together an aria for dissemination online, providing work to singers and répétiteurs that have lost months of contracts. $25,000 would enable us to capture a cinema-quality recording of our production of Handel’s Semele, which is scheduled for September. Recording this fully staged production would enable us in turn to share it with small audiences around the country, or in an online capacity.

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 donation above $100 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. Tell us how digital performances have helped you in these turbulent times. Tell us what content you want to see more of in future. Tell us what you love about opera.

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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. Donations over $99 become 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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