Verdi Overture from La Forza del Destino
Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Ross Harris Concerto for Orchestra (World Premiere)
Puccini Selection of Arias and Scenes from La Bohème, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Gianni Schicchi and Turandot

Verdi’s Overture from La forza del destino is a typical example of Italian heart-stirring drama – though Kiwi audiences may better remember its main theme from a certain beer commercial! Mascagni’s “Intermezzo” from Cavelleria rusticana remains one of the most performed works from Mascagni’s body of work, thanks to its irresistibly singable melodies.

Puccini arguably provides the best introduction to the world of opera, thanks to the emotional intensity and directness of his music. So both new and longtime opera fans will delight in our selection of the most memorable arias and scenes from his repertoire. “Mi chiamano Mimi” and “O soave Fanciulla” from La bohème, “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi, and “Nessun dorma” from Turandot are sure to raise the roof – and fill the heart. 

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Last updated: 10 November 2023