New Zealand Opera has revealed its programme for 2019 featuring a new production with an all-Kiwi cast, a co-production of a comic favourite and partnerships with Auckland Arts Festival and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
The Magic Flute
8 - 10 March, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Gloriously inventive animation and stunning live performance meet the music of Mozart in Komische Oper Berlin’s fantastically fun interpretation of the enchanted world of The Magic Flute. New Zealanders have the chance to see this most popular of operas, featuring a large international cast and crew with a 75-strong glorious-sounding Berlin chorus and soloists travelling to Aotearoa and accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, exclusively at Auckland Arts Festival 2019.
The Barber of Seville
6 - 15 June, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
One of the craziest operatic comedies ever written. Rossini’s razor-sharp musical wit delivers in riotous technicolour. Dashing Count Almaviva is in love with the feisty young Rosina. But her guardian, Dr Bartolo, is determined to marry her himself. Cue Figaro – also known as The Barber of Seville – with a series of hare-brained schemes, one of which just might work.
19 July 2019, Auckland Town Hall
Hedonistic desire, passion, guilt – there’s hell to pay for opera’s legendary lover. Funny, dark, earthy, witty, shocking, this all-embracing score has some of Mozart’s most sublime music, some of his most catchy tunes, and – when the legions of Hell catch Don Giovanni in the end – music which, after 200 years is still terrifying.
The Turn of the Screw
18 - 23 October, ASB Waterfront Theatre
Benjamin Britten’s haunting operatic version of Henry James’s famous novella The Turn of the Screw tells a chilling ghost story, saturated with menace. The narrative is just ambivalent enough for us to project upon it our own fears.