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NZ Opera announce their 2021 Season


New Zealand Opera reveals their 2021 Season titled "Navigating Love" - a dynamic programme that includes the world premiere of an opera song-cycle, an all-female interpretation of a great classic and a reimagining of a Greek tragedy from a Pasifika perspective.

Lindy Hume’s new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), which was postponed from 2020, will be conducted by the phenomenal young Greek conductor, Zoe Zeniodi. Erotic, passionate love; the love of friends and equals; the love of parents for children; the love of humankind – all feature in this most quintessential work of the Enlightenment.

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In a co-production with Black Grace, Gluck’s exquisite meditation on love and loss in Orpheus and Eurydice (Orfeo ed Euridice) is reimagined by Director Neil Ieremia. (m)Orpheus will feature a reconceived score by well-known New Zealand composer and percussionist Gareth Farr.

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NZ Opera presents the world premiere of Ihitai ‘Avei’a - Star Navigator - a work by Tim Finn and Célestine Hitiura Vaite that explores the relationship between two unsurpassed way-finders unable to find their way into each other’s world.

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In 2021 there are more concerts on the agenda including Summer of Opera concerts in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington, and the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus will take to the stage in Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Fidelio and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Collaboration and partnership is key in 2021, and New Zealand Opera will be working with more than eight different arts organisations to bring this programme to life.  These include: Black Grace, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Manukau Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Choral, The Graduate Choir, Dunedin Arts Festival

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Subscriptions for New Zealand Opera’s 2021 season – Navigating Love - are available today, and tickets will go on general sale on 7 December. For more information please visit


Written By: Radio13