An Opera in two Acts
Sung in English, translation by Amanda Holden
Director: Sara Brodie
Conductor: Michael Vinten
Producer: Rhona Fraser
[2 performances only]
at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Hill St, Wellington
From 10 Aug 2012 to 18 Aug 2012
Reviewed by: Sharon Talbot;
MARIA STUARDA by DONIZETTI
I feel it is only appropriate, as this is a Winter Opera Production, to serve a complimentary dram of WAITUI, a single malt, manuka honey, Golden Bay Whiskey.
This will be served in the Cathedral Foyer, as a warm up, before Maria Stuarda, commences.
LA BELLA ITALIA, the wonderful Italian restaurant of Petone, have decided to add to our celebration of Donizetti, by serving an Italian supper, after the first performance, at 8.30 pm and before our second performance, at 6 pm.
The supper will be served in the CONNOLLY HALL, across the courtyard, from THE CATHEDRAL.
The supper, includes three delicious courses of Italian cuisine served on long tables with a glass of Prosecco to begin. The Italian opera supper will only be available for 80 diners, so early booking is essential.
I am delighted to acknowledge and thank Jeremy Commons for his consistent and generous support for our opera.
The Cathedral is very comfortable . Some members of the audience may wish to bring an extra cushion to sit on. I am going to have parking available in the adjacent carpark.
For those of you who have not been inside The Cathedral of Sacred Heart, you are in for a magical experience.
The Cathedral has a most perfect acoustic and enjoys a beautiful interior, as an opera setting, it will be just as remarkable and unique, as the glories of the garden.
THE CATHEDRAL OF THE SACRED HEART, HILL St, WELLINGTON
August 10th at 6pm and
August 18th at 8pm
The Box Office can be contacted on 0275628272.
To indulge in the total Donizetti Celebration, book for the Italian supper on www.labellaitalia.co.nz
Queen Elizabeth: Lisa Harper-Brown
Talbot: Paul Whelan
Robert of Leicester: Ben Fifita Makisi
Lord Cecil: Matt Landreth
Anna: Clarissa Dunn
Mary, Queen of Scots: Rhona Fraser
The Chorus will be performed by The Chapman Trip Opera Chorus of NBR New Zealand Opera