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Carmen

New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Ridding Carmen of cliches in Auckland
27 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Director Lindy Hume's startling Carmen, for New Zealand Opera, captivates and confronts
26 Jun 17 / New Zealand Herald
Carmen as a contemporary drama of violence
24 Jun 17 / The Opera Critic
Dramatic and innovative staging for new Carmen
23 Jun 17 / National Business Review
An extremely well-rounded production, with barely a weak link
4 Jun 17 / Scoop
Solid, but unspectacular
4 Jun 17 / Stuff
Georgian opera star Nino Surguladze in New Zealand Opera's Carmen
"I've done it in many parts of the world – Japan, Europe, the United States – and here we are."
The Mikado

New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Under Stuart Maunder's deftly imaginative direction, NZO's cast exudes an infectious exuberance and energy
8 Mar 17 / The Press
Despite some shortcomings, it’s great fun as a production, and works as entertainment
27 Feb 17 / Scoop
A brilliantly executed production
27 Feb 17 / The Dominion Post
NZ Opera's The Mikado features giggly girls but no geishas
17 Feb 17 / National Business Review
A treasure trove of visual and aural gags
16 Feb 17 / The Opera Critic
To say that it was a crowd-pleaser would be an understatement
16 Feb 17 / New Zealand Herald
The show is fast-paced, funny, and fabulous all the way through
15 Feb 17 / Stuff
Sweeney Todd

New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 9

A gritty and wonderfully stylised production
15 Oct 16 / Broadway World
Rhodes' performance as the Demon Barber was the stuff of which goosebumps are made
13 Oct 16 / The Press
NZ Opera's Sweeney Todd brings blood and guts centre stage
30 Sep 16 / Stuff
New Zealand Opera has finally jumped the divide between classical opera and the stage musical
24 Sep 16 / National Business Review
Be ready for a few frights, some questionable humour and to be singing The Ballad of Sweeney Todd all the way home
21 Sep 16 / Stuff
NZ Opera's new 'Sweeney Todd' recipe a slice of success
20 Sep 16 / NewstalkZB
A dark and exciting Sweeney Todd
19 Sep 16 / The Opera Critic
Broadway opera Sweeney Todd at its macabre best
19 Sep 16 / New Zealand Herald
NZ Opera’s Sweeney Todd is disgustingly delightful
18 Sep 16 / NewsHub
La Traviata

New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 2

A visually stunning revival of La Traviata in Christchurch
18 Jul 16 / The Opera Critic
It would take a heart of granite not to be seduced by NZ Opera's new production of La Traviata
15 Jul 16 / Stuff
Die Zauberflöte

New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 7

New Zealand Opera's new production of Mozart's final opera The Magic Flute is an absolute delight
24 Jun 16 / Broadway World
The Magic Flute 'an enchanting spectacle'
22 Jun 16 / NewstalkZB
Awkward direction hampers New Zealand Opera's Magic Flute in Auckland
21 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
Triumphant night of opera magic
20 Jun 16 / New Zealand Herald
A stylish, witty Magic Flute
17 Jun 16 / The Opera Critic
A magical Magic Flute
17 Jun 16 / National Business Review
Profoundly engaging
3 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
Tosca

New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 9

“What IS it about Puccini’s Tosca…?”
20 Oct 15 / Seen and Heard
Puccini’s music beautifully fleshed out
11 Oct 15 / Stuff
NZ Opera’s version of Tosca produces the right level of villainy and melodrama
22 Sep 15 / New Zealand Herald
High-octane Tosca in Auckland
22 Sep 15 / Bachtrack
The soaring melodies of Puccini combined with such a thrilling plot make for a great night at the opera
22 Sep 15 / Broadway World
A Tosca full of passion and intensity
19 Sep 15 / The Opera Critic
Passion and evil collide
18 Sep 15 / Time Live
Bloody opera warmly welcomed
18 Sep 15 / National Business Review
New Zealand Opera's Tosca is 'simply magnificent'
18 Sep 15 / Stuff
Tosca: The ultimate diva
Puccini’s opera Tosca is a great classic, featuring powerful characters, including a heroine willing to kill and die for love.
La Cenerentola

New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 4

New Zealand Opera's La Cenerentola is a captivating night in theatreland
1 Jun 15 / New Zealand Herald
A richly, detailed Cenerentola full of visual delights
31 May 15 / The Opera Critic
Unity of vision and ensemble spirit with the X-factor
12 May 15 / Theatreview
Rossini's Cinderella treatment is a triumph in Wellington
11 May 15 / Stuff
Opera NZ has a ball with a fairytale classic
Diector Lindy Hume tells William Dart how she reworked La Cenerentola.
Don Giovanni

New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Stimulating and thought-provoking Don Giovanni from NZ Opera
17 Oct 14 / Seen and Heard
The Don still retains charms in modern twist
13 Oct 14 / Stuff
Passionate villain and philosopher
27 Sep 14 / National Business Review
Singers the stars in New Zealand Opera's Don Giovanni
21 Sep 14 / Bachtrack
NZ Opera cleverly push the boundaries ,which never fails to surprise and delight
21 Sep 14 / KUWNZ
Nightclub setting for Opera Don makes sense
20 Sep 14 / New Zealand Herald
Fun and definitely accessible for unseasoned opera-goers
19 Sep 14 / 3 News
A gripping update of Don Giovanni
19 Sep 14 / The Opera Critic
This NZO production is musically effective and does work theatrically
19 Sep 14 / Stuff
La bohème

New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 1

What carried it all was a very good cast
16 Jul 14 / Stuff
La Traviata

New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Verdi's La Traviata fine theatre
15 Jul 14 / The Dominion Post
La Traviata delights the eye and ear
25 Jun 14 / National Business Review
Lorina Gore gives a starring performance as Violetta
22 Jun 14 / The Opera Critic
Magnificence of La Traviata not to be missed
22 Jun 14 / New Zealand Herald
Der Fliegende Holländer

New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 7

NZ Opera rides crest of wave
9 Oct 13 / Stuff
What a brooding tale
8 Oct 13 / Scoop
Just how 'Dutchman' should be
7 Oct 13 / New Zealand Herald
Engages and challenges as it astounds, thrills and shocks
7 Oct 13 / Theatreview
Sly, witty and erotic
7 Oct 13 / The Opera Critic
Ships in the night?
7 Oct 13 / Theatre Scenes
The production's expressionist style was bold
17 Sep 13 / The Dominion Post
From scientist to opera star
Irish soprano Orla Boylan was working towards life in a lab when she found herself singing operas all around Europe. She sings the part of Senta in the NZ Opera's performance of The Flying Dutchman.
Don Giovanni

New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Mark Stone radiates both physical and vocal assurance as Don Giovanni
28 Aug 13 / Theatreview
Francis Yapp reviews NZ Opera's Christchurch performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni (audio)
28 Aug 13 / Radio New Zealand
Outstanding line-up of soloists
26 Aug 13 / Stuff
Madama Butterfly

New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Classic operatic romance a visual and musical joy
20 Apr 13 / New Zealand Herald
An elegant and emotional Butterfly
20 Apr 13 / National Business Review
Simply put, this production is visually and musically fantastic
19 Apr 13 / Stuff
An unsentimental but memorable Butterfly
19 Apr 13 / The Opera Critic
The Bartered Bride

NBR New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Comic opera suffers in translation
15 Oct 12 / The Dominion Post
There is much to admire in Daniel Slater's The Bartered Bride
26 Sep 12 / New Zealand Herald
An evening of many pleasures
25 Sep 12 / The Opera Critic
Glorious voices soar above Czechoslovakian-set opera gloom
24 Sep 12 / National Business Review
The Bartered Bride
NBR New Zealand Opera's staging of Smetana's 1866 opera The Bartered Bride updates it to 1972, adds a circus and tosses in plenty of humour.
Rigoletto

NBR New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 6

A memorable night of theatre
11 Jun 12 / The Opera Critic
A world class performance Of love And hate
10 Jun 12 / Scoop
A theatrical experience on a scale unlikely to be found elsewhere in our city
9 Jun 12 / New Zealand Herald
Lindy Hume’s production transplanting Rigoletto to Berlusconi’s Italy is a must-see
31 May 12 / New Zealand Listener
Vocally superb, riveting theatre
22 May 12 / The Dominion Post
A mature and intelligent production
22 May 12 / National Business Review
Rigoletto: Power and corruption
A new production of Verdi's opera Rigoletto sets the tale of lust, murder and revenge in Silvio Berlusconi's contemporary Italy.
Hohepa

NBR New Zealand Opera


No. of reviews: 4

An act of faith for all concerned
20 Mar 12 / New Zealand Herald
Hohepa - a great but flawed opera
19 Mar 12 / National Business Review
Impressive blend of Maori and opera
16 Mar 12 / Stuff
New opera celebrates imprisoned Maori hero
16 Mar 12 / San Francisco Chronicle
Warrior's legend shapes operatic journey
A new opera, Hohepa, brings to life the story of a Maori transported to Tasmania for defending his people's land.
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News & Articles

Georgian opera star Nino Surguladze in New Zealand Opera's Carmen
"I've done it in many parts of the world – Japan, Europe, the United States – and here we are."
28 May 2017 / Stuff
NZ Opera's exports to Europe hit the right note
New Zealand Opera has found a way to boost funding by selling production sets including costumes and stage directions to some of the great European theatres.
13 Mar 2016 / Stuff
Twelve Questions: Stuart Maunder, general director NZ Opera
Australian Stuart Maunder has led the New Zealand Opera company for the past two years. He directed Tosca and confesses to an unhealthy obsession with Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.
16 Feb 2016 / New Zealand Herald
Tosca: The ultimate diva
Puccini’s opera Tosca is a great classic, featuring powerful characters, including a heroine willing to kill and die for love.
12 Sep 2015 / New Zealand Herald
Opera NZ has a ball with a fairytale classic
Diector Lindy Hume tells William Dart how she reworked La Cenerentola.
30 May 2015 / New Zealand Herald