CANCELLED: Voices Love Opera – South Island tour

27 - 29 May 2022

Due to impact of COVID on our touring ensemble this week, we regretfully have to cancel this tour.


27 May 2022

7:30pm, Civic Theatre


28 May 2022

7:30pm, Kings and Queens Performing Arts Centre


29 May 2022

7:30pm, Oamaru Opera House

Due to impact of COVID on our touring ensemble this week, we regretfully have to cancel this tour.

Ticketholders will be contacted and a full refund offered.

We share the disappointment of our audiences and supporters as we have been looking forward to touring this show to the South for over a year.

“No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.” – W.H. Auden

We are head over heels with opera, wide eyed for Monteverdi and smitten for Britten. VOICES LOVE OPERA is coming to southern stages in Invercargill, Dunedin and Oamaru. Some of New Zealand’s best singers feature in this operatic romp, exploring both the triumphs and the heartbreaks of love. Straight from the opera stages comes this romantic tour-de-force involving Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Lucia de Lammermoor and other operatic favourites.
Wild, surprising, jubilant, funny and sometimes disastrous, this story was created and directed by well-known opera director Jacqueline Coats. Through well-loved arias, duets and choruses, the story is being told by a 16-strong Voices ensemble joined on stage by soloists Morag Atchison (Soprano), Catrin Johnsson (Mezzo Soprano), Andrew Grenon (Tenor), and Chris McRae (Bass) accompanied by Rachel Fuller.

Join us for this uplifting concert and you will recognise the songs from L’OrfeoDido and AeneasGlorianaThe Tales of HoffmanLucia di LammermoorCarmenThe Merry WidowMadame Butterfly and more.

Director Jacqueline Coats
Musical Director Karen Grylls
Soprano Morag Atchison
Mezzo Soprano Catrin Johnsson
Tenor Andrew Grenon
Bass Chris McRae
Rachel Fuller


Keeping everyone safe

  • Our choir and staff are fully vaccinated
  • There will be restricted audience numbers in the Red level of the Protection Framework
  • Bubbles will be spatially distanced
  • Audience will be required to wear masks
  • If you have any specific questions around our commitment to keep our choir and audience safe, feel free to email


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