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The New Zealand Opera returns to the Theatre Royal with another extremely impressive production in Verdi’s La traviata. Sheer audiovisual spectacle from the opening moments to the tragic finale, it’s a glittering night out in the suitably majestic surroundings of the Isaac Theatre Royal. The company continues to operate with what are probably the highest stage production values in the country. Opening in courtesan Violetta’s residence in Paris, the stage is essentially spare but festooned with a dazzling array of chandeliers and drapery and houses an enormous glass box that at turns becomes reflective or transparent through clever use of lighting, and impresses with its sheer towering size alone. Despite such a magnificent edifice and surroundings though, what dominates the stage is Madeline Pierard’s Violetta, dazzling in a red dress and very much the life of the party. Living a life of enjoyable if shallow glamour as a kept woman for...
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With NZ Opera already in town and rehearsing for the August 14th opening performance of La traviata at the Isaac Theatre Royal, Cityscape caught up with rising Kiwi opera star Andrew Glover – who's playing the role of Gastone in the production – ahead of what's sure to be a stellar season.   A look at your opera CV reveals you’ve played a wide number of roles already in your career. Do you have some personal favourites? I always feel that my favourite role is the one I am playing right now. That being said I enjoy the liberty you can take in a comic role, I love to dance if possible as I studied dance in my youth, and playing evil characters is wonderfully cathartic. I'm not sure that answers your question, though. Haha! You made your debut at London’s Royal Opera House earlier this year, called in as an emergency...
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The weekend’s about to get all up in your bidness CHCH – what to do? Brit wit Alan Davies swings by tonight with his new show Little Wonders (the poster claims 90mins of laughter, but we’ll let you be the judge of that) – the show kicks off at Horncastle Arena at 8pm. It’s all on at Merivale Mall this weekend with an end-of-winter sale and mini wine and food festival at Fresh Choice on Saturday – grab yourself an awesome bargain and primo eats! Saturday night’s your last chance to see New Zealand Opera's spectacular production of Madama Butterfly at the Isaac Theatre Royal tomorrow night – do.not.miss.this CHCH! Do good AND score a designer bargain on Sunday arvo at Dress for Success Christchurch Inc's Pop Up Dress Up fundraiser sale from 12 to 4pm at the Addington Events Centre – a gold coin gets you into bargain central! And...
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Is it the weekend already? Well, we’re not complaining! Let’s have a look at the musts in the city this time around:Uncaged is an exhibition of new work by Chch artists opening on the corner of High and Tuam Sts (above C1). It kicks off tonight at 6.45pm with live music by Sparkle Kitty, and DJs Misfit Mod and Instant Fantasy. Viewing times on Saturday and Sunday are 10am-4pm.You’ll want your designated driver sorted out for Saturday to get you out to Rolleston for A Mid-Winter's Ale Festival, a regional craft beer celebration of Canterbury’s best brewers – look out for Cityscape favourites Golden Eagle Brewery and top tasting tips from The Beer Library, as well as the likes of the The Twisted Hop, Harrington's Breweries, Wigram Brewing Company, Fiasco Brewing, and more. Grab tickets at the festival website. Get to the opera! We did, so we know what we’re talking...
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The gilded interior of the restored Isaac Theatre Royal is an appropriate setting for the New Zealand Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly, Puccini’s sorrowful tale of a devoted Japanese woman, Butterfly, who chooses entirely the wrong man to fall in love with – caddish US naval officer Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton. This tragic affair of the heart unfolds on a visually simple but truly striking set of Japanese screen doors that seamlessly slide, fly and adjust to form a puzzle-box like series of dazzling interiors and partitions. It’s magnificently lit throughout, and behind it all a layered backdrop of cherry trees is artistically vibrant enough that you’re in danger of having it distract you away from the actual show. Not for long though, because the lavishly-costumed international and national cast brings its A-game to the performance, led by Anne Sophie Duprels as Butterfly. The French star has played the role all...
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Christchurch will literally play it by ear when Audacious, the city’s first-ever festival of sonic arts, rocks up on the weekend of 1 – 2 March. The aural extravaganza will see the central city buzzing, not to mention humming, squeaking, gurgling and droning, to a soundtrack of sonic art installations, workshops, performances and sound walks. Luring citizenry closer with their siren songs, installations include a water sound sculpture created by local artists Chris Reddington and Tom Phillpotts; solar powered sonic sculptures on the riverbank by Adam Willetts (also of Chch); and recreations of the lost sounds of the central city such as traffic, the hubbub of pedestrians and the Cathedral bells.You can also unleash your own inner percussionist at exhibits that can be played by passers-by, or even get into the art-act yourself by grabbing a speaker and carrying sound around the city with you – think the ghetto blaster guy...