New Zealand Arts Review

Reviews, News and Commentary by John Daly-Peoples

Te Papa’s Surrealist exhibition shows how the weird became wonderful

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Surrealist Art: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen  Te Papa June 12  – October  31 Surrealist Art | He Toi Pohewa By Els Hoek and Lizzie Bisley Te Papa Press RRP $35.00 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples A major show of Surrealist art has just opened at Te Papa and will be […]

NZ Opera’s Figaro is a dazzling piece of theatre

Reviwed by John Daly-Peoples The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte from a work by Beaumarchais New Zealand Opera Aotea Centre, Auckland Until June  13 Then Opera House Wellington June 23 – 27 and Isaac Theatre Christchurch July 8 – 13 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Napoleon once remarked that […]

“All That was Solid Melts” examines our disrupted world

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples All That was Solid Melts. Auckland Art Gallery Until October 10 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The latest exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery “All That was Solid Melts” is one of the most challenging and stimulating shows the gallery has mounted for some time. Curator of the show, Juliana Engberg, has  […]

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s magnificent production of Giselle

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The Royal New Zealand Ballet Giselle Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre May 26 Reviewed by  John  Daly-Peoples The Royal New Zealand Ballet have again showed they are capable of  bringing us  magnificent productions of the great classical works with a Giselle full of splendid dancing. Giselle is a tale of blighted […]

NZSO’s Fantastic Dreams and Nightmares concert

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Podium Series – Fantastique Auckland Town Hall May 2 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s latest concert “Fantastique”  featured Berlioz’s epic work, Symphonie fantastique. Through its five  movements, it tells the story of an artist’s self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman. The work describes […]

The Walters Prize offers multi-facetted stories, myths and histories

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The Walters Prize 2021 Auckland Art Gallery Until September 5 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples This year is the tenth Walters Prize exhibition showing a range of contemporary art practices with work  by  Fiona Amundsen, Sonya Lacey, the Mata Aho Collective and Sriwhana Spong, All the works are tell multi-facetted stories, myths […]

ATC brings Brecht’s great political drama to the stage

John Daly-Peoples THE LIFE OF GALILEO by Bertolt BrechtAuckland Theatre CompanyASB Waterfront Theatre 22 June – 10 July Bertolt Brecht’s “Life of Galileo” is one of the great pieces of political theatre of the twentieth century but has rarely been performed in New Zealand. Now Auckland Theatre Company will be presenting the work with Michael […]

Culture and family clash in Single Asian Female

reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Single Asian Female  by Michelle Law Auckland Theatre Company Auckland Waterfront Theatre Until May 15 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Single Asian Female opens with a karaoke style version of Gloria Gaynor’s “I will survive”, the song about the discovery of personal strength following a devastating breakup. It is sung by Pearl […]

NZSO performs a spectacular Firebird

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Ryman Healthcare season of The Firebird Auckland Town hall Hamish McKeich ConductorDiedre Irons Piano Juliet Palmer, BuzzardWA Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 23 in A MajorStravinsky orch. Stravinsky/McPhee The Firebird Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples It was sixty years ago that Stravinsky took to the conductor’s podium in the Auckland Town Hall to conduct […]

Beethoven’s early genius revealed in APO concert

Ludwig van Beethoven, The Classicist. Symphonies 1 – 3 Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Auckland Town Hall April 22 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Last year was the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and the Auckland Philharmonia orchestra had programmed the composer’s complete symphonies but due to Covid 19 the series was cancelled and rescheduled for this year. Last […]


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