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...
1 MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Puccini gives opera wings in this timeless classic.23, 25, 28, 30 July & 1 August
2 THE POWER AND THE PASSION
NZSO bring out big guns Liszt and Mahler.15 July
3 RESENE ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL
The Archi-porn film circuit. 25 June – 8 July
4 TURNOVSKY JUBILEE ENSEMBLE
NZ Chamber Music Contest turns fidd(l)y. 21 June
5 LYTTELTON FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Go large at the portside Matariki.13 – 21 June
Christchurch dance enthusiasts have something to get excited about with the arrival of REMAP. A new, independent organisation put together by local dance artists Julia Harvie, Erica Viedma and Paul Young, REMAP is being supported by the Christchurch City Council and the Canterbury Community Trust in its mission of bolstering the Christchurch dance community. REMAP focuses on developing inclusive, open level classes, workshops and events that integrate the larger arts community through communal practice. No matter your age or skill level, if you’re a dance enthusiast, it’s worth having a look to see what they are offering. They’re running adult movement classes and workshops at Hagley Community College throughout 2014 and welcome casual attendance, as well as offering 10-class and unlimited class discounts for the dedicated.Julia, Erica and Paul are award winning Christchurch contemporary dancers, choreographers and teachers, and have all worked with some of New Zealand's leading choreographers as well...