Press Release – Opera In A Days Bay Garden
Rhona Fraser, producer of Opera in a Days Bay Garden, has announced her summer season opera for 2013. It will be a new Mozart opera, L’Oca del Cairo.
There are performances at 6pm on Sunday 8th, Tuesday 10th, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December.
A cast of twelve singers and a professional chamber orchestra of sixteen players, led by Anne Loeser, will all come together in the idyllic setting of the garden of Canna House, Days Bay to present the opera.
Acclaimed director Sara Brodie will direct this Mozart premiere, which has been edited and reconstructed by conductor and musical director, Michael Vinten, from a score written by Mozart but never performed in his lifetime.
This comic opera with no less than four pairs of lovers, tells of the perils and thrills of ambitious older suitors, besotted young couples and determined estranged wives. The opera will be sung in English so that the humour and passion of the chase, will be shared by all.
Opera in a Days Bay Garden has been rightly named Wellington’s own Glyndebourne – style opera experience, with a strong audience following from those that want to see opera in a new and intimate way. Performances start at 6pm and patrons may wish to make the journey by East by West ferry, there is a one hour picnic interval between 7pm and 8pm, to relax in the garden enjoying your supper, before watching the second act with the dusk and the darkness.
This is a truly unique occasion in the Wellington arts calendar. There are no artistic compromises, singers and orchestra alike are professionals who wish to enjoy this perfect performance opportunity.
Canna House was the 2006 winner of the NZ Home of the Year award, designed by Hugh Tennant and the terraces were designed by distinguished landscape designer, Megan Wraight. The garden has a sheltered position and a natural acoustic assisted by the surrounding hillsides of native Beech forest. The garden is home to many wonderful native and introduced plants and all performances are joined by kereru, grey warbler, tui, bellbird and finally morepork.
The garden seats just 200 patrons and performances always sell out before the first night.