14 Jul 2019

Gareth FARR: The Bone Feeder

From Music Alive, 6:00 pm on 14 July 2019
The Bone Feeder

The Bone Feeder Photo: Auckland Arts Festival

An opera by Gareth Farr and Renee Liang.

A young New Zealand Chinese man searching for his roots is guided by a magical cicada and a Māori ferryman. He crosses to 'the other side', where ghosts reveal secrets of love, loss and betrayal. His attempt to uncover his ancestor's bones disturbs the earth and ultimately, threatens his life

This is the world première production by Auckland Arts Festival in association with New Zealand Opera, directed by Sara Brodie, at the Waterfront Theatre in Auckland, March 2017.


Kwan ... Jaewoo Kim (tenor)
Ben ... Henry Choo (tenor)
The Ferryman ... Te Oti Rakena (baritone)
Wei Wei  ... Xing Xing (soprano)
Louisa ... Chelsea Dolman (soprano)
Miners ... Clinton Fung, William King, David Hwang
Chorus ... Sarah Court, Dilys Fong, Helen Kim, Kararaina Walker


Julian Renlong Wong (dizi), Nicholas Ng (erhu), Xi Yao Chen (guzheng), Justine Cormack (violin), Ashley Brown (cello), Rebecca Celebuski (marimba), James Webster (taonga pūoro)

Conductor: Peter Scholes

For RNZ:

Producer: Tim Dodd; Sound Engineer: Adrian Hollay

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