Story: Opera and musical theatre

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

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). Listen to Īnia Te Wīata singing ‘I got plenty o’ nothing’ from Porgy and Bess at a live performance in Wellington in 1962.

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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

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero (Inia Te Wiata/Reference number ID 155251)

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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, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/music/41884/new-zealand-opera-company-porgy-and-bess (accessed 26 May 2017)

Story by Lindis Taylor, published 22 Oct 2014