Intro to Opera

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Project Prima Volta

Do you have students new to opera?

Here is a teaching resource that explains what opera is and gives insights into the world of opera, it’s language, history and people. The aim is to make opera approachable and real for Y9 and 10 students.

We are thrilled to include contributions from some of New Zealand’s top vocal talent and rising stars: Anna Leese, Mosey Mackay, Carleen Ebbs and Pasquale Orchard, as well as current PPV student Tiffany Drew. We think this resource is a great way to introduce opera to young people and we hope you enjoy using it with your students.

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Madame Butterfly

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Madame Butterfly We are excited to be able to offer Hawke’s Bay students tickets to see Madame Butterfly, and we are grateful to the local trusts that have made this possible. Pre concert talk at 1pm (optional) Curtain up at 2pm, one interval. Students will be provided with a programme and snack pack. Following the performance there are meet-the-artist opportunities at the theatre

When:– 19th February 2018
Venue: Napier Municipal Theatre
Time: 2 – 5 pm

Guide to the Orchestra

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Hastings Boys High SchoolThrough our partnership with Festival Opera, we stage a special orchestral concert, taking advantage of a symphonic orchestra being in town over the summer. This event is an excellent opportunity for students to see and hear orchestral instruments and professional musicians up close, and to get a preview of some of Puccini’s magical score from Madame Butterfly as well as some special appearances from Project Prima Volta.

When:– 14th February 2018
Venue: Hastings Boys High School 
Time: 1 – 2pm

Growing Opera Stars

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Growing Opera Stars‘Growing Opera Stars’ is a unique opportunity to experience the special relationship between PPV students and their heroes from Festival Opera’s Madame Butterfly cast. Audiences will enjoy performances of opera classics, duets and solos, sung by PPV students and the opera stars, including tenor Darren Pene Pati (of Sol3 Mio), Toni Marie Palmertree (American Soprano) and Gary Griffiths, (Welsh Baritone). It is an ‘up close and personal’ insight into the special relationship that develops between young singers and their mentors. We welcome you to come along to enjoy this special event and celebrate the incredible local talent alongside the international inspiration.

When:– 2oth January 2018 | Venue: Century Theatre, MTG Napier | Time: 7:30 – 8:30pm