Children and carers from Thode, Fraser and Buttle were treated to a night at the New Zealand Opera in May to see The Elixir of Love, by Donizetti. Starring Pene Pati of SolE Mio fame, it was an amusing country tale of a bumbling hero using a “love potion” to help secure the affections of his true love. Of course the whole thing back fired in an unexpected way, but a happy ending was finally achieved! The children were particularly taken with the clever but quirky set, including farmyard animals. The subtitles for the Italian opera were also very irreverent and provided many laughs.

Photo credit: Simon Watts