Opera at the Bay

A Magical Musical Experience

What better way for a music lover to spend a weekend than getting up close and personal with three international New Zealand opera stars, surrounded by the beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound at Bay of Many Coves. This is guaranteed to be a soul stirring and magical experience from the moment you arrive to music and cocktails on the jetty, until you leave with a lilting aria to inspire your journey home.

Enjoy a sumptuous Friday night dinner accompanied by wonderful musical highlights from our guest opera stars. Saturday promises something even more special as Executive Chef, Hannes Bareiter, serves a traditional long Italian lunch with matching wines. Soul-stirring gastronomy to say the least and a wonderful romantic weekend for those who truly enjoy the finer things in life.

Opera at the Bay will appeal not just to opera buffs but also to those who would love to be introduced to opera in the perfect setting at Bay of Many Coves. The weekend will turn back the clock to a time when food and wine were an integral part of celebrating the latest Verdi or Puccini masterpiece.

The Opera Programme

The programme will include one of the most famous soprano arias of all time - O mio babbino caro from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi - where the heroine implores her father to let her marry. Other famous arias will include Deh vieni from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Una voce poca fa from Rossini’s Barber of Seville and the dramatic Di Provenza il mar from La Traviata by Verdi.

Among the duets are Sull’aria from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Rossini’s hugely entertaining Cat Duet, the romantic Love Unspoken from Franz Lehar’s operetta, The Merry Widow and, one of the most haunting of all operatic compositions, the trio Soave Sia Il Vento from Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart. The soloists also identify in song with the luxury resort. The famous Lakme duet describes nature at its most glorious while Ombra Mai Fu by Handel pays tribute to a tree.

Opera was the music of the day and the soloists also present two contemporary numbers which are the music of the moment – the Lloyd Webber duet All I Ask Of You and Jeanine Tesori’s brilliant Girl in 14G which includes a touch of Mozart’s Queen Of the Night.

The soloists will entertain both on the Friday night and during Saturday’s lunch, farewelling the guests from the balcony overlooking the wharf on Sunday.


About the Performers

Opera Lovers Weekend with The New Zealand Opera and Morag Mcdowell

Morag McDowell, soprano

Morag is a member of Auckland Chamber Choir, Viva Voce and a current Resident Artist, Freemasons Opera Scholar and member of the Chapman Tripp Chorus for The NBR New Zealand Opera. In 2011, Morag covered Atalanta in The NBR New Zealand Opera’s production of Xerxes. In 2012, she appeared as The Page (Auckland) in Rigoletto and understudy Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride for the Company.

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Opera Lovers Weekend with The New Zealand Opera and Emma Roxburgh

Emma Roxburgh, soprano

Emma understudied Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro) and Romilda (Xerxes) for The NBR New Zealand Opera in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, Emma was understudy for Jane Mason and performed the role of Settler in the Company’s premiere production of Jenny McLeod’s Hohepa for the New Zealand International Arts Festival.

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Opera Lovers Weekend with The New Zealand Opera and Jared Holt

Jared Holt, baritone

Jared has appeared with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival, Northern Sinfonia, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi and closer to home with Opera Australia, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, NBR New Zealand Opera, Southern Opera, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch City Choir and at the Adelaide and Auckland Festivals.

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Book Now For Opera at the Bay
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th October 2014
  • 2 people twin share in a one bedroom apartment
    $1,150 per person
  • 4 people twin share in a 2 bedroom apartment
    $995 per person (a total of $3,980)
  • 6 people twin share in a 3 bedroom apartment
    $860 per person (a total of $5,160)
  • Single person in a one bedroom apartment

Note: All prices are inclusive of GST and exclude the cost of the optional activities and alcohol except for the welcoming cocktail, Friday cocktails and for the long lunch on Saturday.

What’s included
  • Water taxi transfers
  • Luxury apartment-style accommodation for 2 nights
  • Live music all weekend from Morag, Emma and Robert
  • A welcoming Bellini cocktail on arrival
  • An Italian style six course lunch with all guests seated at one long table enjoying the best of opera music

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