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THE UNRULY TOURISTS

Auckland

22/03/2023 - 26/03/2023

"A challenge to classism and accessibility..

"Obstreperous tourists v rapacious media presented with seasoned flair..

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THE ELIXIR OF LOVE

Wellington, Auckland

31/05/2018 - 30/06/2018

"Elixir works its magic..

"A most enjoyable, easily assimilated entertainment for a modern audience..

THE UNUSUAL SILENCE

Napier, Auckland

01/10/2017 - 02/10/2017

"A powerful and reverberant experience..

"A rewarding afternoon..

THE BONE FEEDER

Auckland

19/03/2017 - 26/03/2017

"No Place Like Home..

"A moving experience..

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THE MIKADO

Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland

14/02/2017 - 11/03/2017

"Mikado a ravishing riot..

"Pleasant confection could have more tang..

SWEENEY TODD The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch

17/09/2016 - 15/10/2016

"Can’t be recommended highly enough..

"Fleet Street Clean Sweep..

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THE MAGIC FLUTE

Wellington, Auckland

28/05/2016 - 26/06/2016

"Triumphant night of opera magic..

"Has the Flute lost its Magic?..

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NIXON IN CHINA

Auckland

17/03/2016 - 18/03/2016

"Ingenuity within restrictions..

"Triumphantly directed..

BRASS POPPIES

Auckland, Wellington

03/03/2016 - 12/03/2016

"Chunuk Stripped Bair..

"Gallipoli libretto gets down to brass tacks..

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LA CENERENTOLA (Cinderella)

Auckland, Wellington

09/05/2015 - 07/06/2015

"Captivates..

"Captivating night in theatreland..

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DON GIOVANNI

Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland

22/08/2013 - 18/10/2014

"The Don still retains charms in modern twist..

"A triumph..

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LA TRAVIATA

Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch

19/06/2014 - 23/07/2016

"Brava diva!..

"Sumptuous and emotionally-charged..

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THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

Auckland, Wellington

14/09/2013 - 12/10/2013

"Just how 'Dutchman' should be..

"Engages and challenges as it astounds, thrills and shocks..

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THE BARTERED BRIDE

Auckland, Wellington

22/09/2012 - 20/10/2012

"Brilliant Bartered Bride redeems shortcomings of its Cold War setting..

"Love amid politics and circus..

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LEN LYE the opera

Auckland

05/09/2012 - 08/09/2012

"Len me your ears!!..

"Story, music, visuals and colour merge to inform, entertain and move..

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RIGOLETTO

Auckland, Wellington

19/05/2012 - 17/06/2012

"Rigoletto takes a bold step into today’s world..

"Surprises amid complexities in inventive production..

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Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Wellington, Auckland

27/08/2011 - 25/09/2011

"Two magnificent stories for the price of one..

"First rate, top class, spellbinding..

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The Turn of the Screw

Auckland

08/03/2011 - 11/03/2011

"A triumph of theatrical story-telling over expensive special effects..

"First-rate cast spin complex web of meaning in moody gothic tale..

Ihimaera

Auckland

03/03/2011 - 05/03/2011

"Fascinating and provocative look at a contentious icon..

Xerxes

Auckland, Wellington

02/03/2011 - 19/03/2011

"Sheer skill and enjoyment here..

"Sublime blend of voices and orchestra..

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Macbeth

Auckland, Wellington

18/09/2010 - 16/10/2010

"Great theatre: a must-see..

"A tortured king, lean, mean queen and malevolent witches pack powerful punch..

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The Marriage of Figaro

Wellington, Auckland

15/05/2010 - 13/06/2010

"Engrossing night of theatre makes the Marriage of Figaro unmissable..

"Aidan Lang, take a bow! This is what opera is meant to be...

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The Cunning Little Vixen

Wellington, Kerikeri, Hamilton, Auckland, Tauranga

27/03/2009 - 03/02/2010

"Foxy music from deep in the Czech forest proves stirring..

"Clever production..

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