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By TRACEY ROXBURGH Closed borders are providing an extra boost for next month’s Twilight Opera, the stage for which is a recently-designated ‘garden of national interest’ at Dalefield. Produced by the Arrowtown Creative Arts Society (ACAS), with Auckland’s Opera Studio, it’ll...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Teaching by Skype or Zoom became all the rage during lockdown this year. But for a Queenstown-based piano and vocal teacher, eight of whose local students perform in a recital this Sunday, that’s old hat. Chaz Barcenilla moved permanently...
By PHILIP CHANDLER New Zealand's most promising young pianist performs at Arrowtowner Sir Michael Hill’s Lodge at The Hills this coming Tuesday. Sylvia Jiang, 24, will be playing a fully-restored 1897 Steinway Concert Grand, with all proceeds going towards furthering her...

Arrowtown’s operatic coup

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Berlin's loss is Arrowtown’s gain. Right now Simon O’Neill — known as the ‘‘best Wagnerian tenor of his generation’’ — should be in Germany getting ready to perform the lead role in Tristan and Isolde at the Berlin...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Talk about rare. Take a 265-year-old violin, which has already survived several plagues prior to Covid-19, a mega-jeweller and a 12-year-old prodigy — representing two generations of their family — and you’ve got a series of concerts, the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Who hasn’t sung You Are My Sunshine or My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean on Queenstown’s Earnslaw steamer on sailings back from Walter Peak? Despite its popularity over scores of years, however, the Earnslaw singalong’s become yet another...
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