Kids line up for Mozart with drugs, pole-dancers

NZ Herald 7 September 2014
School pupils are being sold cheap tickets to an opera featuring pole-dancing, simulated murder, drug-taking and rape.

Hundreds of $10 tickets have been snapped up by school groups to see our national opera company perform one of Mozart’s most famous works, Don Giovanni, in Auckland next week.

The centuries-old opera has been re-adapted by its New Zealand director Sara Brodie to take place in a strobe-lit nightclub, complete with gyrating pole-dancers and simulated drug-taking.

An invitation to schools from New Zealand Opera education officer Joanne Cole mentions the opera’s mature themes and sexual content. And it suggests the opera is best suited to those aged 15 year or older.

The Herald on Sunday is aware of at least one Auckland intermediate teacher who was considering taking her young class of pupils aged 12 and 13 to the production at the Aotea Centre.

But Family First National director Bob McCoskrie was concerned the opera company was presenting an adult-themed work to an audience of children.

“How much in the know are the parents? That’s what really concerns me,” he said.

The opera is based on a womanising nightclub owner intent on sexual conquests and ends in a fiery retribution after he murders the father of one of his conquests.