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NZ Opera announces 2018 season

There's plenty for opera fans to look forward to in next year's New Zealand Opera programme. Focussing on the "New Zealand" bit of their name, the company is making a determined effort to bring home many of the extraordinary Kiwi singers plying their trade overseas - resulting in a new programme that will see an unprecdented number of New Zealand stars returning here to showcase their talents in works that have been specifically chosen for them.

In Christchurch that means the return of local Canterbury lads Simon Neill and Teddy Tahu Rhodes in the company's major local production for the year, Tosca, on at the Christchurch Isaac Theatre Royal from March 8 –16. This classic of love, lust and political intrigue, set by NZO in 1950s Italy, follows the passionate singer Tosca. When her lover, Cavaradossi, is imprisoned by police chief Scarpia, Tosca takes matters into her own hands, with dramatic consequences (of course – it's opera!). This is now our chance to see a production that was  universally praised during  2015 seasons in Auckland and Wellington. Simon O’Neill and Orla Boylan reprise their roles as Mario Cavaradossi and Floria Tosca, while Teddy Tahu Rhodes brings his formidable voice and presence to the brutal Baron Scarpia, one of opera's favourite villains.

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Earlier in the year (February 3), the company will also return to the Pegasus Bay Winery for their special and much-loved musical afternoon, PwC Opera At Pegasus, which features soprano Amelia Berry and tenor Henry Choo alongside the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

In Auckland and Wellington, additional seasons include Leaonard Bernstein's Candide (Auckland March 23 – 25), Donizetti's bel canto comedy The Elixir of Love (Auckland May 31 – June 9, Wellington June 23 – 30), and the great Puccini's La boheme (Auckland September 13 – 23, Wellington October 4 – 13).

For bookings and additional details, see www.nzopera.com.

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