This ground-breaking new chamber opera from Ross Harris and Vincent
O’Sullivan (Requiem for the Fallen) powerfully portrays Gallipoli
as both a military story and one of domestic New Zealand.
Wives and families at home in Wellington are as much to the fore as men
in uniform at the front in an innovative depiction of the 1915 battle of Chunuk
Directed by Jonathan Alver, with award-winning tenor James Egglestone
as Wellington Regiment Lieutenant-Colonel William Malone, and the score
performed by Stroma New Music Ensemble conducted by Hamish McKeich, Brass Poppies offers
fresh perspectives on World War I, along with music and emotional resonances
that will stay with you long after the curtain falls.
New Zealand Festival, Auckland Arts Festival and New Zealand Opera, with
support from the Lottery Grants Board.