This chamber opera from Ross Harris and Vincent O’Sullivan powerfully portrays Gallipoli as both a military story and one of domestic New Zealand. Wives and families at home in 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 award-winning tenor James Egglestone as Wellington Regiment Lieutenant-Colonel William Malone, and the score performed by Stroma New Music Ensemble conducted by Hamish McKeich, 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.
Co-produced by New Zealand Festival, Auckland Arts Festival and New Zealand Opera, with support from the Lottery Grants Board.
"It is a significant work, a commanding achievement from the creative team." James Wenley, Metro
"Extremely visionary … thunderous and awe-inspiring" Peter Mechen on Requiem for the Fallen, Radio New Zealand Concert’s Upbeat
"The video design by Jon Baxter in some parts reminds me of the Taki Rua production of All Our Sons. Though saying that, its distinctiveness is absolutely owned by this production. It doesn't detract, in some parts it anchors and completely strengthens what is happening elsewhere on stage. Love it...There is not a single element of this work that is overindulged or undersold. It is pitched so perfectly to the story it is telling. Honest. Bare. Truthful." Reviewed by Maraea Rakuraku