18 Mar 2021

Bringing opera to Kiwi kids

From Upbeat, 12:30 pm on 18 March 2021
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Photo: NZ Opera

Donizetti’s comic opera Don Pasquale is touring NZ primary and intermediate schools as part of NZ Opera’s Opera in Schools season.

It's the 10th anniversary of the tour, which is part of New Zealand Opera’s participation programme and aims to bring opera to children from as many regions as possible.

(l to r: Emmanuel Fonoti Fuimaono, Stuart Coats, Samuel Downes)

(l to r: Emmanuel Fonoti Fuimaono, Stuart Coats, Samuel Downes) Photo: NZ Opera

Shortened to about 45 minutes and sung in English with piano accompaniment (but including sets and costumes), Don Pasquale has been updated to 21st century New Zealand, and for many children it's their very first encounter with opera.

Upbeat spoke with two of the cast members: soprano Felicity Tomkins (who’s alternating in the role of Norena) and Stuart Coats who sings the title role of Don Pasquale.

 

NZ Opera's Opera in Schools tour
22 February - 1 April 2021