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Student Features In Spectacular Opera

A group of music students attended Festival Opera’s spectacular Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci, two one-act operas by Pietro Mascagni and Ruggero Leoncavallo, which featured a cast of international talent including our very own Miharu Nagata in Year 11.

Both operas focussed on the same human behavioural pattern: love, betrayal, jealousy and then revenge. ‘Cavalleria’, set after WWI saw Turiddu returning home from war and finding his lover married to someone else. A small theatre company’s performance in the village during ‘I Pagliacci’ turned nasty when Canio took revenge on his wife and her lover, portraying the ‘actors’ as ordinary people who experience both the joys and sorrows of life.

Miharu says being part of the Opera was an unforgettable experience that strengthened her love of singing.

“I was lucky to be part of the opera with PPV and some members of the Napier Civic Choir,” Miharu says.

“The principals of both operas were professional singers or PPV graduates, and they were all amazing singers and actors. The part that I remember the most in this experience was the end of our performance when Canio said “La comedia e finita,” which means the comedy has ended. It made me almost cry because it actually was the end.

“After the last performance, we all had a wrap up party, and many of us, including myself, cried so so hard. I miss every part of this experience already. This was an amazing experience that I will remember for the rest of my life, and I’m already excited for the next big opera.”

We look forward to watching Miharu on her singing journey.

Miss Emily Mackie, Music Teacher

It was my first time watching Opera and it was great. I liked how the performers connected together on stage and it was especially cool watching Miharu in her cute costumes.” –   Man Lok, Year 11