NZ Opera Season 2022

NZ Opera’s 2022 season is set to make us fall in love with opera all over again with a variety of operas in different sizes, styles and locations


5 – 9 Oct 2022
St James Theatre

77-83 Courtenay Place, Wellington

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No one writes about the nature of power better than Shakespeare and to this Verdi brings an all-encompassing dramatic energy through his music.

Be prepared for total theatre. This new production by Netia Jones, conducted by Christopher Franklin, features Phillip Rhodes and Amanda Echalaz in their international role debuts as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

With a stellar cast of kiwi talent including Wade Kernot, Jared Holt, Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono, Morag Atchison, and the New Zealand Opera Chorus.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Ihitai ‘Avei’a – Star Navigator:

9 – 11 Dec 2022
Te Rauparaha Arena


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Aboard a cramped British scientific vessel in the vastness of the Pacific, two navigators find themselves locked on a collision course.

One is a Tahitian priest, guided by his ancient knowledge of star pathways. The other a naval officer, desperate to prove both himself and his faith in science.

This beautiful and haunting new work by composer Tim Finn, co-composer Tom McLeod, with Tahitian monologues by Célestine Hitiura Vaite, tells the story of Tupaia, the Tahitian star navigator who sailed with James Cook, on the maiden voyage of the Endeavour in 1769. Ihitai ‘Avei’a – Star Navigator explores the relationship between two master mariners, each from vastly different worlds, both far from home and unable to find their way into each other’s world.

After a sold out world premiere in Auckland in 2021, we are delighted to present Ihitai ‘Avei’a – Star Navigator at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua with Orchestra Wellington.

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