We spoke to Pasquale Orchard, one of the talented performers of NZOpera‘s The Barber of Seville. Her and her wonderful team will be at Capital E National Arts Festival to perform a modern, fast-paced and comedic adaptation of Gioachino Rossini’s masterpiece with the goal of introducing the younger generation to the glorious world of opera.


Hi Pasquale! How would you describe The Barber of Seville in 5 words?

Captivating, hilarious, one wild ride!

What do you want tamariki /children to learn from the show?

Opera is not scary, it is relevant and fun! Opera at its core is an expression of emotion and creativity and this show enhances that creativity necessary for all ages!

What are you most looking forward to in the Capital E National Arts Festival?

This show provides a fantastic opportunity to introduce the youngsters of New Zealand to the wonderful world of opera. The show is condensed into a hilarious bite sized chunk and sung in English. I can’t wait to share this art form which I am so deeply in love with and hopefully the kids will have as much fun watching  as I do performing! 

How has the theatre helped you grow your creative spirit?

I live for the stage and adore connecting with my audience and telling a story. Opera has literally given me the voice to communicate my creativity.

What’s your earliest ‘creative’ memory?

I started performing at a very young age, and I vividly remember having pink bows cellotaped to my head for my ballet exam as I had no hair!

Make sure to catch Pasquale in The Barber of Seville at the Capital E National Arts Festival on Saturday March 16, 2019.

Book your tickets today!