New Zealand Opera and Black Grace present a reimagining of Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice, directed by Neil Ieremia


How far would you go to save everything you love?

22 SEP - 26 SEP 2021 — Opera



New Zealand Opera


ASB Waterfront Theatre





On behalf of the performers, crew, and staff of New Zealand Opera and Black Grace we are disappointed to advise that due to Auckland continuing to be at COVID-19 Alert Level 4 until at least Monday 20 September, the season of (m)Orpheus will not be able to be performed as scheduled.

An email has been sent to (m)Orpheus ticket holders with their ticketing options. 
A message from New Zealand Opera and Black Grace:
It is with much disappointment that this production must be postponed to the last quarter of 2023.

(m)Orpheus is a hugely collaborative production, involving specific singers, dancers, orchestras, venues, creative and technical teams. It has not been possible to find a time period until 2023 that works for a majority of parties involved and this includes considering making changes to the planned 2022 programmes. Further uncertainty and questions about financial viability were raised because of the current audience restrictions that areas outside of Auckland are working to.
One of the considerations in this decision is around the need for continued support of our community of artists and contractors through this disrupted and difficult period. NZ Opera and Black Grace has made a commitment to support everyone involved in this production despite the loss of box office revenue.
We understand that you will be disappointed about this decision, but we feel it is the right one taking into consideration all of the information at this time.
Your continued support and understanding of this difficult situation is much appreciated.
Ngā mihi nui, fa’afetai tele lava,
New Zealand Opera and Black Grace

In a dislocated future a young man struggles to come to terms with his loss. He had felt this pain before, but somehow it seems more real. His grief, like an old perfume, is as complex and overpowering as the frangipani scent that once filled his childhood home.

Like the rite of passage ritual he endured on his journey to manhood, he must once again leave this world behind and escape into the unknown to find his love.

From our unique place in Moana Oceania, New Zealand Opera and Black Grace present a reimagining of Christoph Gluck’s eighteenth-century masterpiece Orpheus and Eurydice. Blending our rich storytelling traditions with the themes of Greek tragedy, (m)Orpheus tells a story of a man, willing to risk everything for love but unable to find love in himself.


Marc Taddei


Neil Ieremia


Tracy Grant Lord


Jacqueline Coats

Assistant Director

Orchestral Score reconceived by Gareth Farr for 10-piece modern chamber ensemble


Benson Wilson


Marlena Devoe


Natasha Wilson



Black Grace

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Orchestra Wellington


Adult $50 - $147.50

Senior Citizen 65+ $45 - $133

Group 6+ $79 - $133

25 years & under $25

Group 10+ $74.50 - $125.50