Workshop presentation of a new Opera - Du’a (Prayer) for Broken Shelter

Date Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 April 2021
Time 6:30pm (Saturday 24 April) - 5pm (Sunday 25 April)
Where Hamilton on 24th / Auckland on 25th
Contact email

Presented by the University of Waikato in collaboration with

New Zealand Opera and The University of Waikato are delighted to be working in collaboration to support the development of a new opera: Du’a (Prayer) for Broken Shelter, a work which traces one family’s survival amidst the devastation of the global refugee crisis. One week of workshops led by Director John Davies will culminate in two presentations of Act One across ANZAC weekend – one in Hamilton and one in Auckland. 

Written by internationally-acclaimed composer Michael Williams, with librettists Nida Fiazi and internationally-awarded poet Tracey Slaughter, the cast includes well-known New Zealand baritone Phillip Rhodes, mezzo-soprano Kristin Darragh, soprano Stephanie Acraman, soprano Elizabeth Mandeno, The University of Waikato choir and orchestra led by James Tennant.This is an opportunity for you to be amongst the first to see Act One of this powerful new work. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the performance. Koha will be collected to support new works in development.

Read more about Du'a (Prayer) for Broken Shelter

Confirm your attendance at one of the following events.  RSVPs are essential to secure a spot.  Deadline for RSVPs by Friday, 9 April 2021 at 5pm.

Plese note that this is not a ticketed event and that each venue will operate a door list.

Queries can be directed to

  • Hamilton Presentation

Date: Saturday, 24 April

Time:  6:30pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, University of Waikato (Gate 2B, Knighton Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton)

RSVP for Hamilton Presentation

  • Auckland Presentation

Date:  Sunday, 25 April

Time:  3:00pm - 5:00pm

Venue:  Freemasons New Zealand Opera Studio (5/69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland)

RSVP for Auckland Presentation