Vi­brant drama for opera sea­son

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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.

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