Having sought solace from Wednesday’s wintery chill within the magnificently-transformed CBS Arena – now bohemian Paris 2014 – no suspension of disbelief is required for the opening freezing flat scene of New Zealand Opera’s sublime production of La bohème.
A fine bromance is underway as painter Marcello (Phillip Rhodes), philosopher Colline (Wade Kernot), musician Schaunard (Robert Tucker) and poet Rodolfo (Shaun Dixon) huddle around a barrel burning Rodolfo’s unpublished works in their living room, and razzing each other to keep warm.
Cue entrance by the startlingly beautiful Mimi (Talise Trevigne) holding a key and a snuffed candle. So begins one of the greatest love stories ever sung.
Director Patrick Nolan’s tender reimagining of Puccini’s classic tale takes the audience on a soaring journey of young love, despair and tragedy. Keeping the content socially relevant, yet faithful to tradition, Nolan beautifully integrates stellar, understated performances from his cast and an impassioned...
THE FOOD SHOW
Wondering how you were ever going to hold out until The Food Show Christchurch rolled around again in September? Well placate that palate with the news the three-day foodie fave has been brought forward five months and kicks off on 4 April at the CBS Canterbury Arena.
For anyone thinking that it might be a little soon, banish those food-show-fatigue thoughts with a heaping helping of the country’s top gourmet goodies and decadent drops.
All Good will be there with its Fairtrade bananas (hopefully the Christchurch shortage will be over by then) and Karma Cola. Free from artificial colouring and preservatives, unlike some other colas, money from each bottle of Karma sold is sent back to the village in Sierra Leone where the cola nuts are grown to help provide essential services like fresh water wells – now that is some good karma!Household names like Nespresso and Vogels...
Stand-up superstar Billy Connolly brings his unique humour back to a country that can’t get enough of it. Scottish funnyman Billy Connolly returns to New Zealand in April and May on his High Horse tour, hitting Christchurch’s CBS Canterbury Arena on Anzac Day (Friday 25 April).
Making his first visit to these shores way back in 1978, the banjo-playing former shipyard welder can lay claim to being New Zealand’s favourite comedian, selling out every date on his last tour in 2009 and playing to 60,000 people – surpassing all audience records for international comedians on our shores.The love affair seems to be mutual – no whistle-stop visitor, Connolly travelled 8,500km around the country in 2004 while filming his World Tour of New Zealand, taking the chance to leap naked from the Nevis High Wire bungee jump in Queenstown. His 12-stop national tour this year promises more of his anarchic brand of...