New Zealand Premiere


Saturday April 24th 2021, 2:30pm, 7:30pm

The Piano Centre for the Performing Arts, 156 Armagh Street

After two Covid postponements, we are thrilled to announce the New Zealand premiere performance dates for Considering Matthew Shepard. This 110 minute work blurs the lines between theatre, oratorio, concert, and musical theatre. It also blurs the lines between music genres by including Gregorian chant, modern choral, and Gospel music alongside blues and country western. But the story brings into focus the life and loss of Matthew Shepard 22 years ago in Wyoming and the lessons it has brought with it. Inspiring both the play and the movie The Laramie Project, this is a new work for our time and place. It was part of a national tour by renowned vocal ensemble Conspirare in the US in 2019 to rave reviews. This is a don’t miss opportunity to experience this magnificent work and its message of humanity.


Come sing with us. If you are a seasoned, passionate singer and performer committed to excellence we want to hear you. We’ll be holding auditions throughout the year for upcoming projects. Our next two dates are Sundays January 24 and 31. You can book a spot through this link: https://auditions3-2.youcanbook.me/


Atlas Voices began in 2011 as a collection of Christchurch’s best vocal talent dedicated to presenting exciting vocal music performances to audiences in Canterbury. The ensemble continues to sell-out their shows and receives regular standing ovations while they continue to push the boundaries and expectations of choral and vocal music  Our dedication to cutting-edge works and productions continues in 2021 with Considering Matthew Shepard in April. We also continue our successful collaboration with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra as the core contracted choir for the amazing Symphonic Chorus.

Ravil Atlas

The founder and artistic Director of Atlas Voices is Ravil Atlas. He is currently the chorus master for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Opera Chorus in Christchurch. 


AMAHL (Dress Rehearsal – photos by Clinton Lloyd, with thanks to The Piano)

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