Hospice to benefit from performance of Marriage of Figaro

Te Omanga Hospice fund raiser Kirsty Stratford, centre,  with opera singers Emily Mwila and Pasquale Orchard, who play ...
Nicholas Boyack

Te Omanga Hospice fund raiser Kirsty Stratford, centre, with opera singers Emily Mwila and Pasquale Orchard, who play Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro.

Eternity Opera is holding a charity performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro to support three local charities.

Research For Life, Te Omanga Hospice and Wellington Free Ambulance will share the proceeds of a performance on Sunday,  August 6.

Eternity Opera Director Alex Galvin said it  was a chance to thank the community for the support it gets.

Te Omanga Hospice chief exective Biddy Hardford, centre, with opera singers Emily Mwila and Pasquale Orchard, from The ...
Nicholas Boyack

Te Omanga Hospice chief exective Biddy Hardford, centre, with opera singers Emily Mwila and Pasquale Orchard, from The Marriage of Figaro. The Lower Hutt Hospice is one of the beneficiaries of a charity performance of the opera.

"This is one way we can return that favour by providing three good causes with a share of the night's ticket proceeds."

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 It was a great way to enjoy a "red-carpet night out" with friends and at the same time support three worthy charities.

The Marriage of Figaro is one of the world's most famous operas.

Set in 18th century Spain, it's Figaro's wedding day and he is shocked to learn that his master, the count, is out to bed his bride-to-be, Susanna. The countess is heartbroken by her husband's faithlessness – but she must also contend with the adolescent desires of a page, Cherubino.

A feature of the performance is the gorgeous period costumes and designs.

The opera will be performed in English by a lineup of top Wellington singers, including Jamie Henare, Kate Lineham, Roger Wilson and recent Lexus Aria semi-finalist Emily Mwila.

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Lower Hutt's Te Omanga Hospice is about to launch a campaign to raise $10 million to rebuild its earthquake prone building.

 It was found to be earthquake-prone after the 2013 Seddon earthquake. It survived the Kaikoura earthquake in November unscathed but the cost of strengthening it was deemed prohibitive

Construction of a purpose-built facility is expected to begin later this year. Te Omanga is relocating to Britannia House in Petone, which it purchased as a temporary new home in February for $1.3 million.

The Marriage of Figaro's season runs from  August 5-12 at the Hannah Playhouse in central Wellington.

Tickets can be purchased from www.eternityopera.co.nz

 - Stuff

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