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Performer: James Benjamin Rodgers

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AucklandTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Tobias Ringborg; Stuart Maunder; New Zealand Opera; Jan Ubels; Elizabeth Whiting; Orla Boylan; Phillip Rhodes
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Disappointing Candide in Auckland

Robert Tucker (supporting roles) and Amelia Berry (Cunegonde) © Simon Watt
Though occasionally entertaining, this production was ultimately unsatisfying as a stage presentation of Bernstein’s work. 
**111
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A heartwrenching Káťa Kabanová in Auckland

Dina Kuznetsova (Káťa) and Hayley Sugars (Varvara) © David Rowland
New Zealand Opera continues to strongly advocate Czech works, resulting in a gripping Káťa Kabanová.
*****
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Ridding Carmen of cliches in Auckland

Tom Randle (Don José) and Nino Surguladze (Carmen) © Marty Melville
A superlative performance of Carmen that was certainly among the most thrilling performances New Zealand Opera has put on in recent memory.
*****
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High-octane Tosca in Auckland

Fine singing from Simon O’Neill and Orla Boylan in New Zealand Opera's production of Tosca.
****1
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A visually stunning Madama Butterfly from New Zealand Opera

Sometimes in a performance there is a moment when everything just comes together; when every element on stage is operating at such a high level that the performance transcends these elements and causes one to become so immersed in the proceedings that you forget you’re at a performance at all.
*****
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