2022 Season


Verdi, La Traviata

9-16 July 2022

St James Theatre, Wellington


Emma Pearson – Violetta

Oliver Sewell – Alfredo

Phillip Rhodes – Giorgio Germont

Hamish McKeich – Conductor

Sara Brodie – Director


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The whole-hearted applause that greeted cast and creative team in the curtain calls demonstrated the pleasure this new opera company has brought in its premiere production.

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About Wellington Opera

Wellington Opera will take audiences on an exciting journey of musical and theatrical discovery, featuring world-class Wellington and New Zealand artists and creatives working to a sustainable model for producing opera in Wellington, in collaboration with the broader opera scene in New Zealand.

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Wellington Opera will lead the sector as a carbon neutral arts organisation from inception

Wellington Opera thanks the following funders, foundations and donors:

Margaret Doucas Trust

Wellington City Council, Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, Creative New Zealand, Lion Foundation, Four Winds Foundation, New Zealand Community Trust, New Zealand Opera Foundation, Pub Charity, Stout Trust, ONE Foundation, Pelorus Trust

 John and Margaret Hunn, Turnovsky Endowment Trust, Adam Foundation, Anonymous x2

C Ferguson, S des Tombe, L Holborow, E McLeay, G & H Hawke, P Ridley-Smith & F Wong, G & H Hawke, A Young, S Perry, A Bushell, N Young, A Mallinson, C Gibbons, J & M Milne, V Breen, G West, A Evans & O Alleyne, S Rinaldi