"The Strangest of Angels" - NZ Opera

Time & Date
28th May 2022
8:00 - 9:00pm
The Philip Carter Family Concert Hall
$25 - $59

A poignant and imaginative reflection on events during Janet Frame’s time at Seacliff Mental Hospital, The Strangest of Angels is a harrowing and hopeful experience that throws light on mental health then and now.

Co-created by Kenneth Young, Georgia Jamieson Emms and Anna Leese, The Strangest of Angels is born of an exciting and conscious collaboration between composer and performers that explores the contrast between a calm, rational psychiatric patient and a traumatised nurse torn between empathy and the relative power of institutional duty.

World premiere performances directed by Friedlander Foundation Associate Artist Eleanor Bishop and starring Anna Leese and Jayne Tankersley. Proudly presented by NZ Opera and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in Christchurch.


This is an artistic and critical work. Not all depictions or statements are based on true events.
This production of The Strangest of Angels contains scenes referring to historic mental health practices and features a character showing signs of distress. This may be disturbing to those with a lived experience of mental distress and mental illness.

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