Seasons Greetings from our Chair

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 2.08.10 pmWishing you a relaxing festive season as we reflect on 2014 and look towards the new year.

For those who attended This Other Eden you will, I am sure, agree with me that it was an exceptional production&\
“.  The comments from the audience and cast surveys were overwhelmingly positive. We also gained some valuable suggestions from these surveys about how to improve our performance.  We have taken note of these. In TakeNote you will find the details of the production team’s success in the Dunedin Theatre Awards.

You will also find more detail about our major production for 2015.  The Magic Flute is one of Mozart’s most loved operas and is one that is new to Opera Otago’s repertoire.  We look forward to a sparkling production of this popular work. Make sure you organise your year to include it in your plans!

While an artistic success, our production this year severely stretched the finances of the Company.  To this end we have established a number of fundraising efforts to be carried out during 2015. Your support of these would be most welcome.  The first is a raffle, which will be on sale in the New Year.  Other aspects of the fundraisers will be announced in due course.

In conclusion I would just like to record my thanks to our faithful supporters, to all who were involved in the production of This Other Eden, and to my Executive members for their support and hard work over the year.

Best Wishes for a relaxing and happy Festive Season.

Murray Davidson

Chairman

Artistic Success: This Other Eden wins at Arts Awards

We are very delighted to share with you This Other Eden’s success at the 2014 Dunedin Theatre Awards. We were nominated in the following categories:

Scenographic Design of the Year Brenda Rendall (This Other Eden)

Technical Design of the Year – Martyn Roberts: Light Design (This Other Eden)

Male Performance of the Year James Adams (This Other Eden)

Director of the Year – Jacqueline Coats (This Other Eden)

Production of the Year – This Other Eden

Brenda Rendall, Martyn Roberts and Jacqueline Coats all won their categories, an achievement that reflects the outstanding reception of this new opera. We wish to congratulate all the winners from the awards, as well as to recognise James Adams for his nomination. Opera Otago believes it is essential to support new operas, particularly ones from New Zealand composers and librettists such as Anthony Ritchie and Michelanne Forster. We acknowledge the wonderful cast and crew in their achievements.

Thank you too for your support – we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!