Obituary: Ian Page

Ian Page

Ian Page was a musical director, and teacher with an MA in history, who always encouraged others to participate. In 1964 he was Assistant Musical Director for Opera Otago’s production of the opera La Traviata with a Dunedin season, and performances in Invercargill, Timaru and Oamaru. In subsequent years he directed many Opera Otago and other productions, always with a clear idea of what could be achieved and support as he worked with chorus and soloists. In 1975 he and Flora Edwards established the Southern Opera Ensemble in Dunedin, touring opera programmes to many South Island centres. Its schools group also performed in schools and community concerts over several years. In 2003 he initiated the “Friends of the Opera”, providing Sunday afternoon programmes for members to enjoy music and their understanding of opera. He chaired the group till recently. Ian is warmly remembered for his teaching, his support of others, and his commitment to making and understanding good music. His wife, Prof Dot Page and the family have lost a wonderful husband and father; our community has lost a valued friend who inspired a love of music in many people. He will not be forgotten.

Tribute from Bruce McMillan

Obituary: Josie Roberts

Josie 2Josie Roberts first appeared in the Dunedin Opera Company files as the Stage Properties person in 1980, where she was involved in both operas produced that year, ‘The Merry Widow’ and ‘Tosca’. Over 29 years Josie contributed her props expertise to each of the 30 operas produced, with her last opera being John Drummond’s ‘The Stars in Orion’ in 1999. Josie is remembered for the amazing stage properties that she produced over the years, as well as her meticulous care of said properties, often warning those backstage to keeps their hands off! Josie and  her husband Bernie Roberts also stored company props in their garage for many years when there was no storage at the Mayfair Theatre. At the time of Josie’s death the family generously gifted to the company a beautiful ball gown made by Josie, as well as many props including three large vases, fabric, Japanese fans, decorations and boxes of flowers. The company would like to acknowledge Josie’s enormous contribution the company over many years, for which we are extremely grateful.

Tribute from Mary Dixon