Source: Creative New Zealand – Results of Creative New Zealand’s review of opera

During early 2015 Creative New Zealand reviewed its funding priorities, programmes and initiatives for supporting opera in New Zealand.

As a result we are making some changes to how we support opera though our Toi Totara Haemata (Arts Leadership) Investment Programme.

New opera key role in Toi Totara Haemata

The Arts Council has agreed a key role for opera with three supporting activities, which are:

  • building diverse New Zealand audiences and presenting high-quality opera
  • providing performance and development opportunities for New Zealand opera practitioners
  • collaborating with partners to develop and present operas created by New Zealanders.
  • Our priority for the key role is to support the building of diverse New Zealand audiences for high-quality opera – as this will be essential for the artform to survive and thrive.

The two remaining activities will support more professional development opportunities for New Zealand opera practitioners and the presentation of New Zealand work.

Previously Creative New Zealand required the opera company supported by the Tōtara programme to develop and present New Zealand singers. This now includes a wider range of practitioners – such as directors, designers and conductors.

The third activity is to collaborate with partners to develop and present opera created by New Zealanders. This acknowledges that other parts of the arts sector (festivals, other opera groups and companies, orchestras, private foundations) make important contributions to the successful development and presentation of New Zealand operas.

More information about review

More information about the results of the review and how it was done can be found in the Review of Opera Final Report May 2015.

A Request for Proposals for the new opera key role in the Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programme has also been published.


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