Nov
22
Thu
2018
Sharpless: Madam Butterfly (New Zealand) @ Hannah Playhouse, Wellington
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm

Butterfly… Hannah Catrin Jones
Pinkerton… Boyd Owen
Sharpless… Kieran Rayner
Suzuki… Laura Loach

After their critically acclaimed debut production of “Don Giovanni” in 2016 and “The Marriage of Figaro” in 2017, Eternity Opera is returning with Puccini’s 1903 masterpiece “Madam Butterfly”.

“Madam Butterfly” follows a beautifully traced arc for the title character, from the young bride who renounces her religion to embrace all things American to the strong young mother who returns to her culture and the code of honor that governs her tragic destiny.

With gorgeous period costumes and designs, and featuring much of Puccini’s most lyrical music, including the Humming Chorus, Flower Duet, the stunning aria in “Un bel dì,” and a spine-tingling climax.

Performed in English by a lineup of top New Zealand singers, this will be directed by Alex Galvin and conducted by Matthew Ross, with support from the Eternity Chamber Orchestra.

Nov
24
Sat
2018
Sharpless: Madam Butterfly (New Zealand) @ Hannah Playhouse, Wellington
Nov 24 @ 7:00 pm

Butterfly… Hannah Catrin Jones
Pinkerton… Boyd Owen
Sharpless… Kieran Rayner
Suzuki… Laura Loach

After their critically acclaimed debut production of “Don Giovanni” in 2016 and “The Marriage of Figaro” in 2017, Eternity Opera is returning with Puccini’s 1903 masterpiece “Madam Butterfly”.

“Madam Butterfly” follows a beautifully traced arc for the title character, from the young bride who renounces her religion to embrace all things American to the strong young mother who returns to her culture and the code of honor that governs her tragic destiny.

With gorgeous period costumes and designs, and featuring much of Puccini’s most lyrical music, including the Humming Chorus, Flower Duet, the stunning aria in “Un bel dì,” and a spine-tingling climax.

Performed in English by a lineup of top New Zealand singers, this will be directed by Alex Galvin and conducted by Matthew Ross, with support from the Eternity Chamber Orchestra.

Dec
14
Fri
2018
Handel: Messiah (Napier, New Zealand) @ St Paul's Church, Napier
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm

Jose Aparicio conductor

Carleen Ebbs soprano
Sarah Court mezzo-soprano
Manase Latu tenor
Kieran Rayner baritone

In what has become a Christmas tradition for all of us, we once again revel in Handel’s enduring masterwork, Messiah. What better way to mark the festive season than with this great oratorio?

Probably the most well known work in the choral repertoire, its breadth includes both intimate arias and the immensely famous and stirring Hallelujah chorus. To our frequent attenders – welcome back! To those new to Messiah – please, do come join us, and see what the fuss is all about.

Dec
16
Sun
2018
Handel: Messiah (Napier, New Zealand) @ St Paul's Church, Napier
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm

Jose Aparicio conductor

Carleen Ebbs soprano
Sarah Court mezzo-soprano
Manase Latu tenor
Kieran Rayner baritone

In what has become a Christmas tradition for all of us, we once again revel in Handel’s enduring masterwork, Messiah. What better way to mark the festive season than with this great oratorio?

Probably the most well known work in the choral repertoire, its breadth includes both intimate arias and the immensely famous and stirring Hallelujah chorus. To our frequent attenders – welcome back! To those new to Messiah – please, do come join us, and see what the fuss is all about.

Dec
21
Fri
2018
Handel: Messiah (Britten Pears Foundation) @ Snape Maltings
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm

Aldeburgh Voices
The Suffolk Ensemble
Charlotte Bowden soprano
Polly Leech mezzo-soprano
Joel Williams tenor
Kieran Rayner baritone
Ben Parry conductor

We open our Christmas Weekend with Handel’s rousing and uplifting oratorio, a cornerstone of the festive season. So hotly anticipated at its first performance that to increase capacity women were asked to wear dresses ‘without hoops’ and men not to wear their swords, Messiah remains one of the most popular works ever written. Come and enjoy it in the company of the hand-picked musicians of the Suffolk Ensemble, Aldeburgh Voices and soloists from the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.

Mar
16
Sat
2019
The Amazing Mr. Handel @ Snape Maltings
Mar 16 @ 7:30 pm

Handel Four Coronation Anthems
Suite in G ‘The Water Music’
Chandos Anthem No.9 O Praise ye the Lord
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness from Chandos Anthem No.4

Handel’s glorious anthems, commissioned for the coronation of King George ll and Queen Caroline in 1727, are bold and extrovert befitting the grandeur and importance of the occasion. They proved instantly popular and Zadok the Priest has been performed at every coronation since 1727. Suffolk Baroque Players play two of Handel’s most popular orchestral works including the Suite in G major, better known as The Water Music.

Kieran will perform as the baritone soloist.