Story: Opera and musical theatre

Opera by appointment

Opera by appointment

The patronage of the governor and his wife was used to promote performances of William Saurin Lyster's Royal Italian and English Opera Company (not to be confused with Fanny and Martin Simonsen's Royal English and Italian Opera Company). The Lyster company staged Donizetti's La favorita and Verdi's La traviata at the Theatre Royal, then a major concert venue in Johnston Street, Wellington, in February 1880.

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Lindis Taylor, 'Opera and musical theatre - Early years of opera', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 January 2022)

Story by Lindis Taylor, published 22 Oct 2014