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Dame Catherine Tizard

By now the citizens of New Zealand will know of the passing of Dame Catherine Tizard, former Mayor of Auckland City and Governor General of New Zealand. Dame Cath was a Founding Patron of the New Zealand Opera School and attended here in Whanganui a number of times.  She was also a life-time Patron of …

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Barry Mora

The arrival of Barry Mora as an international tutor at the New Zealand Opera School brought years of wonderful engagement with students and staff of the School. As a splendid baritone, Barry’s passion for the opera voice shone through in all his tutorials with the student singers and he followed their development with extra tutorials …

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The 2021 New Zealand Opera School

The 2021 New Zealand Opera School was very special. At a time when most of the world couldn’t  even consider a residential summer school, we came together, we enjoyed amazing tuition and coaching, and we performed to delighted sell-out audiences. Our international (but local) tutors, Dame Malvina Major, Amina Edris, Emma Pearson, Pene Pati, and …

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Whanau | voices of Aotearoa. Far from home concert for broadcast. Filming November 4, 2020 royal Albert hall, London, UK.

Press release: 1 November 2020 Last night Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a second national lockdown for England, starting this Thursday 5 November. A necessary measure to tackle the virus and save lives, but also a further devastating blow for the arts in this country, and internationally. The day before the lockdown begins, we will …

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…it is animal – Dame Malvina Major Foundation New Zealand Opera Studio Artists Scenes

From left to right: Harry Grigg, Anna Simmons, Felicity Tomkins sing Protegga il giusto cielo from Don Giovanni Anna Simmons, Felicity Tomkins and Harry Grigg were the 2020 Dame Malvina Major Foundation Studio Artists with New Zealand Opera. They recently completed their internship with a captivating performance of operatic scenes, directed by 2018 New Zealand …

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The New Zealand Opera School acknowledges Dame Catherine Tizard and announces Simon O’Nell as new Patron

It is with regret that I advise that the Hon Dame Catherine Tizard, ONZ has retired as Patron of the New Zealand Opera School. The School has been  greatly enriched by Dame Cath’s patronage since the School’s inception in 1994. During this time Dame Cath has visited the School on a number of occasions and …

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Chairman, Donald Trott’s Post Performance Speech Of Thanks

The Right Hon Judith Collins; Whanganui MP Harete Hipango; Mayor of Whanganui – Hamish Mcdouall; Headmaster of Whanganui Collegiate School – Wayne Brown; Visiting International tutors Nuccia Focile and Glenn Winslade; All our dedicated staff of tutors and pianists; Students of the 2020 New Zealand Opera School; Visitors from other places,   Citizens of Whanganui; Greetings …

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