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premiere residential Opera Training School.

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To provide a period of intensive vocal, language, movement and acting training with tutors of international reputation in order to give our emerging New Zealand opera singers the very best tuition possible and to provide a taste of the disciplines required to succeed in the fast-growing, competitive and demanding world of opera performance.

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Tickets available from 1st november at the royal whanganui opera house and online at www.whanganuivenues.co.nz

Dame Malvina major emerging artists recital

Wednesday 11 January 1pm 2023

Prince Edward Auditorium, Whanganui Collegiate School

Presented by the Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artists from the New Zealand Opera Company. The singers are selected by audition on the basis of their musical ability. Splendid music and an afternoon of pure operatic pleasure ensure the popularity of this event.

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Sponsored by Wanganui Toyota and Whanganui Collegiate School 

in praise of music

Sunday 15 January 11.30am 2023

Whanganui Collegiate School Chapel

Featuring G. F. Handel’s Solomon and celebrated hymns; the emphasis throughout is on music and you can be assured that you will be treated to a moving and uplifting experience.

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public masterclass

Monday 16 January 7.30pm 2023

Prince Edward Auditorium, Whanganui Collegiate School

If you have never been to a masterclass before, we urge you to experience a training session in progress. You will gain a greater insight into the development of the human voice and the masterclass is always a fun event for everyone.

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Sponsored by the Deane Endowment Trust (Wellington)

dining with opera cafe evenings

Wednesday 18 January 7pm 2023

Momiji Restaurant
Coopers Cafe and Bar

Enjoy a wonderful evening at local Whanganui restaurants for fine food and entertainment by New Zealand’s aspiring young opera singers. A celebration of great music and hospitality.  

Tickets $80 – to be booked directly with the venues. Includes entree, main course, dessert and drink.

Coopers Cafe & Bar: 
Michelle Cooper on 021 031 2889 or [email protected]

Momiji Restaurant:
Bizen on 06 345 0444 or [email protected] 

Event partners:
Cleveland Funeral Home – Coopers Cafe and Bar
Ryman Healthcare (Jane Winstone Retirement Village) – Momiji Restaurant

conversations about opera

Friday 20 January 2pm 2023

Prince Edward Auditorium, Whanganui Collegiate School

Enjoy a lively discussion about all things opera with our international tutors and coaches. A real insight into the world of opera performance.

Entry by Koha 
Sponsored by Craigs Investment Partners

GREAT OPERA MOMENTS

Saturday 21 January 7.30pm 2023

Royal Whanganui Opera House

Presented by The Freemasons Foundation, Great Opera Moments is an opportunity to be enchanted and entertained by all the students of the School.

It will be an evening of arias staged in a magical way at the Royal Whanganui Opera House. Our aim is to give you pure operatic pleasure.

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Alumna News – Greetings from Munich

We were thrilled to receive a recent update from alumna Felicity Tomkins, winner of the NZOS 2021 Susie and Guy Haddleton Emerging Artist Award and Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship, who has just completed her first university year on the Artist Diploma Course (Opera Vocal

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