Simon O'NeiII: NZ Opera resignations down to unruly tourist opera plans

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 28 May 2021, 6:11PM
NZ Opera's production of Sweeney Todd. Photo / Supplied
NZ Opera's production of Sweeney Todd. Photo / Supplied

Simon O'NeiII: NZ Opera resignations down to unruly tourist opera plans

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 28 May 2021, 6:11PM

There's drama at the Opera.

New Zealand Opera board directors Witi Ihimaera, Murray Shaw and Rachael Walkinton have quit.

The resignations come after the organisation announced its newest production would be based on the so-called unruly tourists who garnered fame here in 2019.

Renowned New Zealand tenor, Simon O'Neill, told Heather Du Plessis-Allan the current direction the Opera's taking is the reason for their departure.

He says there are many things about the artistic direction people are unhappy about.

 

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