Vibrant drama for opera season
The NBR New Zealand Opera launched its 010 season last week, revealing a programme rich in drama as two masterpieces of the theatre, The Marriage of Figaro and Macbeth, are brought to New Zealand’s opera stages.
The Marriage of Figaro reveals Mozart at his most daring in setting to sublime music Beaumarchais’ contemporary and highly subversive play. The result is opera at its best.
It is eight years since The NBR New Zealand last staged Mozart’s much-loved opera, so for many, a new production is well overdue. Many also believe that it has been a long wait for the Company’s general director Aidan ang to make his New Zealand directing debut.
Board Chairman Sir David ascoigne says “Aidan has an international reputation as a highly respected and creative director on the opera stage. We’ve had this ace up our sleeves since he joined the company in 006 and have been waiting for the perfect opera for him to direct. His interpretation of The Marriage of Figaro will prove the wait has been worth it.”
The Marriage of Figaro will be staged at the Aotea Centre, on une 3, 5, 9, 11 at 7.30pm and une 13 at .30pm.
erdi’s Macbeth, one of the greatest operas Shakespeare’s work has inspired, is the classic tale of ambition, corruption and bloody revenge.
On deciding to programme Macbeth, Aidan
ang had no doubts that bringing in Opera North’s 008 production was the ideal option. “Opera North is an award-winning opera company and one of the leading arts organisations in Europe,” he says, “and this is a compelling production. It’s austere, hard hitting and truthful, an uncompromising piece of work that gets to the heart of the tragedy.”
Brought to the stage by internationally acclaimed theatre and opera director, Tim Albery, ang says he has secured a top national and international cast to make this a captivating production.
Welsh baritone ason Howard is in the title role. Alongside him are Italian soprano Antonia Cifrone as ady Macbeth and New Zealand-born bass ud Arthur as Banquo. Macbeth will be staged at the Aotea Centre on September 18, 3, 5 at 7.30pm, and September 1 at 6.30pm.