“Vincent O’Sullivan’s elegant poetry has long inspired composer Ross Harris, their combined breadth of expression moving and delighting audiences.” – The Listener

In a nutshell:
Lest we forget / Gallipoli seen from afar / War stories our mothers never told us

Brass Poppies is now at the Mercury Theatre and will only be available for schools on Friday 11 March at 8pm.

This ground-breaking new chamber opera from Ross Harris and Vincent O’Sullivan (Requiem for the Fallen) brings powerfully to life how Gallipoli was a domestic New Zealand story as well as a military one. Wives and families at home and the streets of Wellington are as much to the fore as men in uniform at the front in an innovative depiction of the 1915 battle of Chunuk Bair. 

Directed by Jonathan Alver, with Stroma New Music Ensemble conducted by Hamish McKeich and award-winning tenor James Egglestone as Lieutenant-Colonel William Malone, Brass Poppies offers fresh perspectives on World War I, along with music and emotional resonances that will stay with you long after the curtain falls.

To book for schools click HERE

TALK EXISTING Post Show Talk: Friday 11 March


Co-produced by Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand Festival and New Zealand Opera with support from the Lottery Grants Board.

Photograph: Troop image courtesy of Richard Stowers collection; manipulated cottage image (ref: 1/1-026571-G) courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library.


Due to the results of recent seismic testing, Auckland’s Maidment Theatre has been deemed an earthquake risk, and has been closed with immediate effect and for the foreseeable future.

Our Box Office team will be in contact with all Brass Poppies ticket holders to advise of seat re-allocations and ticket exchanges in the coming days. Please be assured we will do our utmost to make as little change as possible to your existing seating arrangements.

Thank you so much for your patience during this transitional period. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to presenting this ground-breaking Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand Festival and New Zealand Opera co-production.




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