Experience hell, in comfort... Orfeo
Eternity Opera is returning with a concert performance of Monteverdi’s 1607 opera Orfeo. Based on the Greek legend of Orpheus, this opera tells the story of Orpheo’s descent to the underworld and his fruitless attempt to bring his dead bride Eurydice back to the living. Now over 400 years old, “Orfeo” has lost none of its beauty and power and is a milestone in the evolution of opera. Performed in English by a lineup of top New Zealand singers.
Experience crazy... No Holds Bard
Starring Michael Hurst of Xena & Hercules fame - Driven to the brink by the infidelity of his wife and a lack of acting opportunities, an aging thespian confronts his demons in what he hopes will be a final "dark night of the soul". The problem is, his demons are as crazy as he is. Four of Shakespeare's greatest creations (a foul-mouthed Macbeth, a confused Hamlet, a know-it-all Othello, and a really hungry King Lear) come kicking and screaming into the bursting, deranged brain of a single man.
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Old buildings usefulness are so often measured by economic imperatives alone and their living presence is never acknowledged. The Hannah Playhouse provides a service to the performing arts community of the whole of NZ, in that she keeps safe the spirits of past lives that have created, and indeed appreciated, within her walls. She is a gatekeeper and her scars deserve a bow. They were earnt over years of use for intended purpose. Not many buildings can say that. I honour her mantel's continued presence in Wellington. She is a real theatre that is still one of our "Cathedrals of Honour to Humanity" in all its reflective expression. She is lucky to have a group of people currently looking after her who uphold her Mana and devote themselves to her care with passion.
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