Sat Aug 20th & Sun Aug 21st, 2016
Mercury Theatre, Auckland
Doors open: 5:00 pm
Event starts: 5:30 pm
Tickets: Adult $60, Student $20, Child $10 (service fees may apply)

Benjamin Henson has put together a superb group of New Zealand’s young opera talent that are working with stage veterans to bring Handel’s rarely performed baroque Oreste opera to the stage.
Henson has spent six months working with Auckland Theatre Company, Fortune Theatre Dunedin, and the New Zealand Opera. This will be his very first foray into opera as the Director. A semi-staged production, Oreste will integrate the work of Auckland Opera Studio and NZ Barok Orchestra at the historic Mercury Theatre.

Magically saved from sacrifice at her own father’s knife, Iphigenia is bound to serve the goddess Diana on the island of Tauris under the tyrannical rule of a King living in fear. As the blood of all strangers must be cast over the island’s altar, fate brings Orestes, Iphigenia’s estranged brother, to its shores.

First performed in 1734 at the Covent Garden Theatre, Handel’s Oreste is a tightly woven exploration of love and lust; a desperate search for sanity in a world built on fear, and a bitter struggle between destiny and desire.

A combination of youth and experience make up the vocal cast who will perform recitatives in English and arias in Italian, starring Stephen Diaz (Oreste), Rebecca Ryan (Hermione), Madison Nonoa (Ifigenia), Filipe Manu (Pilade), James Ioelu (King Toante) and Kalauni Pouvalu (Filotete).
Providing the musical score are the instrumentalists of NZ Barok Orchestra. They are the only group performing baroque music on historic instruments in New Zealand, allowing audiences the opportunity to experience sounds and songs as they were meant to be heard by the original composers. They take to the stage alongside the vocal soloists to bring Handel’s score to life.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see some of NZ’s best opera performers.