REVIEW: Mansfield Park (NZO)

June 10, 2024

[Let other pens dwell on misery] It is on an inclement Sunday evening that the New Zealand Opera invited audience members to brave the long drive up to Settlers Country Manor, some 10 minutes from Kumeū. Originally a dairy factory, the ‘Manor’ is now a lavish wedding venue, and, between the smoke hanging in the air and the plentiful dark […]

REVIEW: (m)Orpheus (NZO)

October 15, 2023

This collaboration between NZ Opera and Black Grace offers an intimate staging of Gluck’s 1769 opera Orpheus and Eurydice. The combination of Gareth Farr’s refined re-orchestration and Neil Ieremia’s guidance as both director and choreographer produces a largely accessible and compelling reimagining of the tragic Greek myth. The most striking changes in Farr’s re-orchestration is that the harpsichord and timpani […]