Friday 10 October 7:30pm Sunday 12 October 2pm Tuesday 14 October 7:30 Thursday 16 October 7:30pm
The Festival is privileged to present Opera Otago's season of the world première of Anthony Ritchie's newest opera This Other Eden.
The storyline of the opera is based on Michelanne Forster's stage play of the same name. Set two hundred years ago, the opera tells the story of passionate missionary Thomas Kendall and his friendship with Nga Puhi chief Hongi Hika. The latter unleashes wars of vengeance on rival tribes by astutely exploiting Kendall's unholy desires. This great New Zealand story has all the ingredients for gripping musicdrama: romance, war, jealousy, manipulation, spirituality, clash of cultures and Kings and chiefs. Anthony Ritchie, whose opera The God Boy premièred in the 2004 Festival, is one of New Zealand's most prolific composers. His reputation for creative maturity is confirmed by numerous critical accolades both in New Zealand and abroad.
This Other Eden will be led by international Dunedin Conductor Tecwyn Evans and Director Jacqueline Coats (Cosi 2008 and L'Orfeo 2010). Principal roles will be played by James Rodgers (Thomas Kendall), Elizabeth Mandeno (Jane Kendall) and Joel Amosa (Hongi Hika).
October 10, 2014 12:00AM
100 King Edward Street
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