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
WHANGANUI OPERA WEEK 7th to 21st January 2024
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 concert 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 looking forward to a wonderful festival in 2024 as we celebrate 30 years of the New Zealand Opera School.
Tickets for our events are available from the Royal Whanganui Opera House and online at www.whanganuivenues.co.nz
NZ Opera School artists Recital
Wednesday 10th January 2024 – SOLD OUT
Whanganui Regional Museum
Presented by the Aotearoa NZ Opera School students. Splendid music and an afternoon of pure operatic pleasure ensure the popularity of this event.
We are thrilled to be performing in the beautiful Whanganui Regional Museum this year with its fabulous acoustics to celebrate 30 years of the NZ Opera School.
Sponsored by Wanganui Toyota and Whanganui Collegiate School
In Praise of Music
Sunday 14th January 2024 at 11.30am
Whanganui Collegiate Chapel
Featuring Haydn’s glorious music and thrilling choral work in ‘Mass in Time of War, No. 10 in C Major’ 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.
public Masterclass with della jones
Monday 15th January 2024 at 7.30pm
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.
With Della Jones from the UK National Opera Studio coaching our students, this promises to be a very special evening.
Sponsored by the Deane Endowment Trust (Wellington)
dining with opera Cafe Evenings
Wednesday 17th January 2024 at 6.30pm
Momiji Restaurant & The Brick House – BOTH VENUES SOLD OUT
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.
Cleveland Funeral Home and Ryman Healthcare (Jane Winstone Retirement Village)
conversations about Opera
Entry by Koha.
Great Opera Moments
Presented by The Freemasons Foundation, Great Opera Moments is an opportunity to be enchanted and entertained by all the students of the School.
These public events are brought to you by the WOW Committee comprising Juanita Murphy (Chair), Debbie Macpherson (Secretary), Lucy Trott, Sheena Marshall and Louise Caudwell