[Lynley Bilby | The New Zealand Harold | Sept 7, 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.

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