The Mikado: A very modern comedy

People people-watching in bustling New Regent Street, folks out and about in their finery, and a sea of black and white as those carrying black instrument cases make their way towards an unassuming looking back entrance off Gloucester Street - New Zealand Opera is back at the Isaac Theatre Royal, and this time it's for their 2017 production…
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Chatting with a Poo-Bah

A NZ Opera production of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular comic opera, The Mikado, opens this week in Christchurch at the Isaac Theatre Royal. Australian bass-baritone Andrew Collis has performed all over the world and appears in this production in the role of Poo-Bah. I chatted with him last week about the world of The…
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Posh songs and mood lighting

Last night I sat in a beautiful room and listened to a fabulously sung tale about serial killers. It was a brilliant night out and Sweeney Todd: demon barber of Fleet Street was every bit as awesome as I'd hoped it would be. My companion, The Opera Newbie, was also very impressed, and thoroughly enjoyed…
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