Opera productions

Read about the New Zealand School of Music’s history of opera productions, featuring Classical Performance Voice, Vocal Ensemble and Stagecraft students.

The New Zealand School of Music presents a full opera season every second year, with the aim of giving our advanced Classical Performance voice students the experience of performing in a fully staged production. Other students from the Vocal Ensemble and Stagecraft courses are involved as well, in chorus or appropriate roles, and the production is coordinated with these classes so preparatory study and some rehearsals can occur during class time.

In every other year the students present an evening of operatic excerpts, fully costumed, lit and staged, ensuring that over the duration of their studies they have prepared and given significant performances of arias and ensembles from a wide range of repertoire – from Baroque to contemporary opera.

This continues the long tradition (prior to 2006) of opera productions by both Victoria University of Wellington's School of Music (Opera Victoria) and Massey University Conservatorium over the past 25 years.

Read reviews from Peter Mechen and Stephen Gibbs from our 2017 Opera production; Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen.

Past NZSM Operas

  • 2017 – Janáček, The Cunning Little Vixen
  • 2015 – Purcell, Dido and Aeneas, and Ravel, L'Enfant et les Sortilèges
  • 2013 – Verdi, Il corsaro
  • 2011 – Britten, A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • 2009 – Handel, Semele
  • 2007 – Samuel Arnold, Polly