Photo by Linda Robertson.
Dunedin Opera Company chairman Murray Davidson (left), deputy
chairwoman Mary Dixon and Prof John Drummond, of the
University of Otago department of music, look over the
company's new four-year production programme, announced this
The world premiere of an opera by Associate Prof Anthony
Ritchie is expected to be the highlight this year.
Speaking at a function in Dunedin this week to mark the
launch of the four-year programme, Mr Davidson said the
opera, This Other Eden, would be staged in October, as
part of Arts Festival Dunedin.
The opera is set in early 19th-century New Zealand and tells
the story of missionary Thomas Kendall and his friendship
with Nga Puhi chief Hongi Hika.
The librettist would be Michelanne Forster, of Christchurch,
and the musical director, Tecwyn Evans, a conductor, composer
and Otago University music graduate.
Mr Davidson said the opera company, also known as Opera
Otago, would celebrate its 60th anniversary next year.