Story: Opera and musical theatre

Advertising a new opera every night

Advertising a new opera every night

When the Cagli and Pompei Royal Italian Opera Company appeared in Auckland in 1871 they performed a different opera every night for five nights in succession, as this advertisement shows. All of these operas – La traviata, Don Pasquale, Il trovatore, Lucia di Lammermoor and La sonnambula – had been seen in New Zealand before, when the Lyster Company toured in 1864. 

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Reference: Daily Southern Cross, 27 November 1871, p. 1

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Lindis Taylor, 'Opera and musical theatre - Early years of opera', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 January 2022)

Story by Lindis Taylor, published 22 Oct 2014