“No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.” (W.H Auden)
This month, Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir is taking to the operatic stage for Voices Love Opera, a show exploring the triumphs and heartbreaks of love through arias, duets and choruses from L’Orfeo, Dido and Aeneas, Gloriana, The Tales of Hoffman, Lucia di Lammermoor, Carmen, The Merry Widow, Madame Butterfly and more.
Wild, surprising, jubilant, funny and sometimes disastrous, the storyline has been devised by opera director (and former NZ Youth Choir member) Jacqueline Coats. Jacqui has worked as a director at the NZ International Festival of the Arts, NZ Opera, Victorian Opera (Melbourne), Sirius Opera, Opera Hawke’s Bay, NIMBY Opera, Wanderlust Opera, Opera Otago and Cuba Dupa in Wellington. She says:
“ The world of opera is full of stories that explore the turbulent highs and lows of human relationships, be they jubilant or disastrous, expected or surprising, fulfilling or frustrating, sensible or ridiculous. This show examines the complications of relationships through observing the lives of two couples, the married Edgar and Diane, and engaged Arthur and Liz, alongside their friends, families and associates. Threading its way through a series of celebratory events, the story uses operatic pieces ranging from Monteverdi and Purcell to Benjamin Britten and Nico Muhly to take another look at love.”
In Voices Love Opera, a 16-strong Voices NZ ensemble is joined on stage by soloists Morag Atchison (soprano), Catrin Johnsson (mezzo), Andrew Grenon (tenor), and Will King (bass), accompanied by Rachel Fuller, under the musical direction of Karen Grylls.
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