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New Zealand Opera Company: Porgy and Bess (2nd of 2)

New Zealand Opera Company: Porgy and Bess

A photograph of the dress rehearsal for the New Zealand Opera Company's 1965 production of Porgy and Bess shows internationally famous bass Īnia Te Wīata (kneeling, second from right) as Porgy. The production included many Māori singers in the cast, and was a huge success when it toured New Zealand (though the Australian tour, like many a New Zealand venture into Australia, was financially crippling).

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-190159-F
Photograph by John Ashton

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Image courtesy of Rima Te Wiata

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How to cite this page:

Lindis Taylor, 'Opera and musical theatre - New Zealand opera companies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 October 2021)

Story by Lindis Taylor, published 22 Oct 2014