Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Fowler Centre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
TSB Arena
TSB Arena
Festival Club
Festival Club
TSB Arena
TSB Arena
Festival Office
Festival Office
The Opera House
The Opera House
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre

Well, now that the Festival is rolling, it would usually be a tightly scheduled 24-day marathon for me, jumping from rehearsal to rehearsal to opening night function to post-show function, with the possibility of seeing something in between those two - and from looking back over the years, there were certainly a number of days like that!

Here's a few from the 2006 opera by Tan Dun, Tea, A Mirror Of Soul featuring the composer himself conducting the NZSO at the Michael Fowler Centre; the third image along was one I was clever enough to get autographed by the maestro, and it's sitting on my desk still.  Most of these have definitely never been seen, at least not fully - that year we cropped all the images on the site square to suit the Festival's branding & look!

The 2008 opera, Berthold Brecht's Seven Deadly Sins (a one-act opera, done as a pair with The Lindbergh Flight that year) was another situation where my Jacobson Sound Blimp came in handy - my only chance to photograph this one was at the schools performance / dress rehearsal, so I was seated in the audience surrounded by high school students.  (Fortunately, with a silenced camera, you can do that!)

And just to keep going on the Festival Setup files, here are a few more from 2012 - visiting venues to check on progress as they get packed in & ready to go!

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