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Tosca – Candide – The Elixir of Love – La bohème

Candide, Tosca, The Elixir of Love and La bohème come to the stage in 2018, as we present a season of young love at its most thrilling, maddening and heart-wrenching.

We get the season underway in Christchurch, with our critically-acclaimed production of Tosca.  Orla Boylan and Simon O’Neill reprise the roles which wowed both audiences and critics alike in 2015 and we’re delighted that Teddy Tahu Rhodes will be bringing his formidable voice and presence to the role of Baron Scarpia.

To mark the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, we’re delighted to be working with Auckland Arts Festival to present his masterpiece, Candide

We follow our hero and his sweetheart, Cunégonde, as they journey through a mad and chaotic world populated by a seemingly endless cast of vicious, greedy, lustful and manipulative characters.

Taking on an array of roles is a versatile and brilliant New Zealand and Australian cast led by the incomparable Reg Livermore in his New Zealand debut.  Auckland Town Hall will be refashioned into “The Best of All Possible Worlds” for this new production directed by New Zealand Opera’s General Director, Stuart Maunder and designed by Tony-Award winner Roger Kirk.

Making their New Zealand Opera debuts in May and June are real-life husband and wife team Pene Pati and Amina Edris.  The Sol3 Mio singer and his wife are both currently part of San Francisco Opera’s Adler fellowship programme so we’re delighted to be bringing them home to perform in Donizetti’s charming comedy, The Elixir of Love in both Auckland and Wellington.  They’ll be joined by the ever brilliant Conal Coad as Dulcamara and Morgan Pearse as Belcore.


Puccini’s timeless La bohème brings the curtain down on our 2018 season.  A brilliant young Antipodean cast star in this new production, which revels in the youthful passion and heart-breaking intensity of the opera. Thomas Atkins, Marlena Devoe and Amelia Berry are all making their mark on the international stage so we couldn’t be more proud to be bringing them to Auckland and Wellington next spring for what promises to be a very memorable production indeed.


Once again, we‘re working with our orchestral partners to bring more opera to more people. Together with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, we present Opera in the Vines; a glorious evening of music in the stunning surrounds of Pegasus Bay Winery.  And with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, we give you Verdi’s monumental Aida.


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