Case 14 - Grand Opera 2
Carmen. Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy; music by Georges Bizet. (New Zealand Broadcasting Service in conjunction with The Otago Centennial Association). His Majesty’s Theatre, Dunedin, May 27-June 12, 1948.
Tosca. Libretto by Luigi Illica and Guiseppe Giacosa; music by Giacomo Puccini. (New Zealand Opera Company). 1961.
Formed in 1954, The New Zealand Opera Company was the first attempt at a national opera company and employed professional New Zealand artists. It began with small-scale productions before undertaking ambitious touring shows. The Company ceased in 1971, and was followed by the National Opera of New Zealand (1979-1982) and from 2000, New Zealand Opera, which continues to perform today.