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Italian food and great areas at Bay of Many Coves

26 May, 2013 

The impressive operatic stages of the world will be rivalled by the beautiful natural setting of the Bay Of Many Coves resort in Marlborough Sounds next month.

Three of New Zealand’s leading opera singers are performing a programme of glorious music from opera, operetta and musical theatre against a background of stunning natural views.

Following the success of its first opera weekend in 2012, the Bay Of Many Coves is holding its second Opera At the Bay from June 14-16. Co-owner of Bay Of Many Coves, Murray McCaw, has long seen a synergy between the richly evocative music of opera and the 5-star resort nestled in Queen Charlotte Sound.

“There can be no greater canopy that our idyllic location looking out on pristine waters, shining waves and awe-inspiring native forest,” he says.

The three soloists, Emma Roxburgh, Morag McDowell and Robert Tucker, have chosen a programme that reflects the serene environment.

Many of the arias, duets and trios evoke the setting or distinctive atmosphere of the resort. Sull’aria for two sopranos from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro speaks of the “soft breezes of the forest” carrying messages of love while the famous Lakme duet, also sung by Morag and Emma, is about flowers, jasmine, singing birds and the river’s current.

The farewell trio Soave sia il vento from Cosi fan tutte by Mozart describes gentle winds and calm waves. However the atmosphere that pervades the resort has not been forgotten. Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman is about a “night of stars and night of love”, Summertime from Porgy and Bess describes “when the living is easy” and the poignant love song Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific recalls the immediate attraction of two people for each other.

Also included in the programme is the most well-known soprano aria of all time, O mio babbino caro from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, where the young heroine implores her father to let her marry.

The three soloists are Freemasons Residents Artists with New Zealand Opera and sought after on stage and in the concert hall.

Opera At the Bay also includes another essential element that only a resort of international standing can provide. Murray McCaw firmly believes in the close affinity between celebration and singing.

“Food and wine play an integral part in many operas. That winning combination of the finest of Italian food and great arias will be a feature of Opera At the Bay,” he says.

To ensure guests enter the spirit of the weekend the resort is providing the finest of Italian food. They’ll be welcomed by the artists and will then enjoy a Bellini cocktail on their arrival. The centrepiece will be a six course Opera Lovers Lunch prepared by executive chef Hannes Bareiter on the Saturday.

Between the pastas, salads, meat platters and European style wines, the soloists will entertain with music from Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, Handel, Lehar, Gershwin and Rogers and Hammerstein.

It’s intended Opera At the Bay will appeal not just to opera buffs but to those who would love to be introduced to opera in the superb setting of the resort and to turn the clock back to a time when food and wine were an integral part of celebrating the latest Mozart or Bizet masterpiece.

Prices for Opera At the Bay start from $860 per person.




Freephone (NZ only): 0800 5799 771

Phone +64 3 5799 771

Fax: + 64 3 5799 777

Postal Address:

Bay of Many Coves Resort,

Queen Charlotte Sound

Private Bag 382

Picton 7250

New Zealand