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Ayrlies. Summer Opera in the Garden

When:

Sun 1 Mar 2015, 11:00am–6:00pm

Where: Ayrlies Garden, 125 Potts Road, Whitford, Auckland

Restrictions: R13

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $58.88 ($55.00 + $3.88 fees)
  • NZO Friend/Benefactor: $53.75 ($50.00 + $3.75 fees)
  • NZO Young Friend/Under 25: $28.12 ($25.00 + $3.12 fees)
  • Gourmet Hamper - Standard with Orange Juice: $51.25 ($50.00 + $1.25 fees)
  • Gourmet Hamper - Vegetarian with Orange Juice: $51.25 ($50.00 + $1.25 fees)
  • Ayrlies bus ticket: $28.12 ($25.00 + $3.12 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

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Listed by: New Zealand Opera

NZ Opera and Auckland Friends of the Opera invite you to an open air concert of popular opera in the magnificent setting of Ayrlies Garden, Whitford. An ever popular event with opera lovers, Ayrlies brings the best of New Zealand opera talent together to perform a selection of favourites.

2015 Special Guest Artist, acclaimed soprano Anna Leese.
Also featuring Derek Hill (tenor), James Ioelu (bass baritone) and Stephen Diaz (countertenor). NZ Opera General Director, Stuart Maunder is the Master of Ceremonies.

Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch (or pre-purchase a gourmet food hamper), relax on the beautifully manicured lawns below the stage or freely wander over 12 acres of sweeping lawns, ponds, waterways and exquisite plantings to the sound of opera through the trees.

Lovingly tended by Beverley McConnell and her gardeners for over 30 years, Ayrlies is one of New Zealand's best known private gardens. Usually open by appointment only on the weekend, this is a rare opportunity to enjoy these gently rolling gardens east of Auckland.

“If you think of gardening as an art form, I think it’s (Ayrlies) the best expression of that art,” says Hobbs. “Unlike a lot of gardens that have minimal components, its very complex, but pulled off magnificently. The whole thing is an experience beyond any other garden in the country.”
- Jack Hobbs, NZ Listener “Best Garden”, 4 August 2007

The gates open at 11.00am to give you time to explore the grounds and relax over lunch before the concert commences at 2.00pm. There is plenty of free parking in the nearby fields and the gardens remain open following the concert until 6.00pm.

Gates open: 11.00am
Concert commences: 2.00pm
Gardens close: 6.00pm
Free parking.

Food, Travel & Accommodation:
Pre-purchase your Gourmet Food Hamper
Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch or you can choose to pre-purchase a gourmet food hamper for lunch. You can choose to order a vegetarian option or orange juice instead of wine. Please select your preference when booking. Hampers are $50 each and serve 1.

Hamper Menu:
Standard Hamper: 1 x Thai beef salad, 1 x small mixed roll, 1 x salmon cake, 1 x sweet slice, 1 x piece of fruit, bottled water, 375 ml wine.
Vegetarian Hamper: 1 x quinoa salad, 1 x small mixed roll, 1 x Frittata (V & GF), 1 x sweet slice, 1 x piece of fruit, bottled water, 375 ml wine
Hampers provided by Urban Gourmet.

Hop on the Ayrlies Bus
For those who prefer not to drive we invite you to join us on the Ayrlies bus. The bus pick-up and return point will be CityLife Auckland, 171 Queen Street, Auckland on Sunday, 1 March. Pick up time: 11am. Return time: 6pm. One round trip bus ticket is $25.

Accommodation - Travelling from out of town?
For our opera lovers visiting from out of town we have arranged a special accommodation package with CityLife Auckland. Book a suite at CityLife Auckland at a great discounted rate - Standard room ($209) or Deluxe room ($234) per night. Plus, receive free breakfast for two at Zest Restaurant each morning, free internet and a car park during your stay. This package is offered exclusively to Ayrlies ticket bookers and is available on the following nights* 27, 28 February and 1, 2 March 2015. To secure your accommodation at this great rate simply phone Shreeni de Silva at CityLife Auckland to book on 09 979 7278 and mention you are attending the NZ Opera Ayrlies event. *Subject to availability so we recommend you book early.

Please Note: due to unfenced ponds, children under the age of 12 are not permitted at Ayrlies.

NZ Opera would like to thank the following organisations for their generosity and support of the Ayrlies event: Creative New Zealand, Auckland Council, Fairfax Media, Alliance Printers Ltd, Eventfinda

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