Opera New Zealand

August 5, 2022
Contributors / Alt Group



This famous Glyndebourne Festival production premiered in 1989 and was described as “one of the greatest theatre experiences in the entire history of Glyndebourne”. Ever since, Jenůfa’s ability to deeply engage audiences has earned its reputation as an opera of formidable power.

Eugene Onegin


A sumptuous ball in St Petersburg. A dusty farmers’ dance in the Russian countryside. Joyous raptures of love. A deadly duel... Stark opposites frame Tchaikovsky’s magnificent and profoundly emotional drama, based on Pushkin’s epic poem.

The Marriage of Figaro


Three love stories. Two weddings. One crazy day. A hilarious jumble of plots, double crosses and seductions ensue... The Marriage of Figaro is often described as the most perfect comic opera ever written. Here comes the bride...

Cavalleria Rusticana


Turiddu loves Lola so much that he deserts the army. Only to find she has married Alfio. So Turiddu hooks up with Santuzza. But he has an affair with Lola anyway. Which upsets Santuzza. So she tells Alfio. After that, it gets complicated.



All the guys love Nedda. But she’s married to Canio. Tonio tries it on, but she fights him off with a whip. Then she declares her love to Silvio. Tonio hears this and goes to get Canio. But she refuses to come clean. Then they go on stage to perform together. And it all gets rather ugly.

Madama Butterfly


Love and honour resonate with thunderous force in Puccini’s tender love story between a Japanese geisha and her naval officer, as Japan opened up to the West and the 20th Century. Puccini’s masterpiece contains many of the most recognisable tunes in opera.

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