I recently moved to Dunedin and I wasn't sure if I'd have many reviewing opportunities down here. I had my first opportunity to review a Dunedin show on Friday, and it was fabulous!
Two Intimate Operas: Opera Otago at Olvestone
Dearest Maurice, composed and directed by John Drummond
The telephone, Composed by Menotti and directed by Claire Barton
You walk up the box hedge-edged drive, past tall walls rendered in Moeraki gravel and trimmed with Oamaru stone, past delicate leadlight windows. An elegant woman in black greets you at the door and leads you into the warm reception room before ushering you down a grand hall, past the internal telephone system and into the drawing room. Welcome to an evening of intimate opera at Olveston historic home, surrounded by fine art and all the trappings of Edwardian luxury.
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2023 Burns fellow Kathryn van Beek has an MA from Victoria University Wellington - Te Herenga Waka’s International Institute of Modern Letters. She is a winner of the Mindfood Short Story Competition and the Headland Prize. Her collection of short stories, Pet, is available as a podcast, and her work has also appeared in Overland, takahē, Newsroom, and the Sunday Star-Times. She lives in UNESCO City of Literature Ōtepoti Dunedin with her two rescue cats.