Coffee meets opera for Cuba Dupa

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Ah, coffee…where would we be without it?! Meet Lisa, a young woman who loves coffee above anything else, and her father, who is tearing out his hair with despair at his daughter’s java obsession.

Will Schlump (Robert Tucker) be able to convince Lisa (Alexandra Gandionco) to put down her latte and get on with her life, or will his clever daughter work out a way to have it all? Join New Zealand Opera artists as we transport Bach’s frothy short opera from the Leipzig coffee house of its origins to the caffeine-fueled laneways around Hannah Courtyard.

It’s almost 300 years since Bach composed The Coffee Cantata, and thanks to New Zealand Opera it comes to New Zealand’s coffee capital, for six free performances as part of the Cuba Dupa festival.

This new production features a specially commissioned script by Georgia Jamieson Emms, directed by Jacqueline Coats and conducted by Michael Vinten. The narrator is Freemasons New Zealand Opera Artist Declan Cudd, and the production features 20 members of the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus.
Director Jacqueline Coats says The Coffee Cantata is the perfect introduction to opera for the notoriously coffee-mad people of Wellington.

“It’s 20 minutes of light-hearted entertainment with wonderful singing. I like to think of it as the macchiato of opera – deliciously flavoursome and it packs a punch.”

Each performance begins with a procession of waiters parading down Cuba Street singing the praises of the coffee bean, followed by the cantata which will be performed at the Hannah Courtyard in the midst of café central.

Performance times:
Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March
1:15pm Parade (Te Aro Park)
1:30pm Performance (Hannah Courtyard)
2:15pm Parade (Te Aro Park)
2:30pm Performance (Hannah Courtyard)
3:15pm Parade (Te Aro Park)
3:30pm Performance (Hannah Courtyard)
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