Each January, Whanganui Opera Week is proud to present the students of the New Zealand Opera School at various public events in the City culminating in a gala evening at the Royal Whanganui Opera House.  This festival of Opera is recognised as one of the regions most popular events and attracts visitors both nationally and internationally.   

We are excited to announce a full programme of events for 2023. 

Tickets are available from the Royal Whanganui Opera House and online at www.whanganuivenues.co.nz 

whanganui opera week
8th to 22nd January 2023

Each January, Whanganui Opera Week is proud to present the students of the New Zealand Opera School at various public events in the City culminating in a gala evening at the Royal Whanganui Opera House.  This festival of Opera is recognised as one of the regions most popular events and attracts visitors both nationally and internationally.   

 

Whilst events for 2022 were limited due to the restrictions of COVID, we are planning a full programme for 2023. Further information will be released in the coming months but for now, please add these dates to your diary:

whanganui opera week
8th to 22nd January 2023

dame malvina major Emerging Artists Recital

Wednesday 11th January 2023 at 1pm

Prince Edward Auditorium, Whanganui Collegiate School. Tickets $25.

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 15th January 2023 at 11.30am

Whanganui Collegiate Chapel. Tickets $20.

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 16th January 2023 at 7.30pm

Prince Edward Auditorium, Whanganui Collegiate School. Tickets $25.

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 18th January 2023 at 7pm

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: 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

Talking about Opera

Friday 20th January 2023 at 2pm
Prince Edward Auditorium, Whanganui Collegiate School. Koha entry.
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 21st January 2023 at 7.30pm
Royal Whanganui Opera House.
Tickets $50 for adults, $40 for senior citizens and students (includes programme)
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.
 

These public events are brought to you by the WOW Committee comprising Juanita Murphy (Chair), Debbie Macpherson (Secretary), Lucy Trott, Sheena Marshall and Annie Gilroy