Whanganui Opera Week - Opera and Aroha On the River

Where: Downtown Riverbank, Taupo Quay, Whanganui

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $35.00
  • Senior: $30.00
  • Student 16+: $20.00
  • Family Pass (2 Adults + up to 3 Children): $80.00
  • Child 5-15yrs: $10.00
  • Buy Tickets – 06 349 0511
  • Additional fees may apply

An outdoor concert combining the grand traditions of opera, waiata and kappa haka performed by New Zealand Opera School past and current students in association with Putiki Marae to celebrate the School’s twenty-fifth anniversary.

Opera and Aroha is a spectacular theatrical, live music event, staged on a floating pontoon with streamers Waimarie and Wairua as backdrops. The event is intended for a broad-based family audience. This innovative and entertaining production is inspired by the unique location and the strong bond between the NZ Opera School and Putiki Marae.

Arias, duets and choruses from well-known opera, some in their original languages, others in Maori, will be interspersed with waiata and Kapa haka, both traditional and contemporary. The concert will include performers from Putiki Marae and some of the amazing young voices of the NZ Opera School past and current students. Also participating will be a quartet from Brass Whanganui.

The production will be highly visual with colourful costumes, and a big screen on the riverbank will show the singers close-up. As the sun sets on this location of outstanding natural beauty and the concert continues into the evening, the river will be bathed in light.

Modelled on the grand tradition of a ‘highlights’ concert in a beautiful setting, the show is conceived in two halves of approximately 50 minutes each, with a 30 minute picnic interval.

Producer/Director: Jonathan Alver
Musical Directors: Terence Dennis and Michael Vinten
Partners: Creative New Zealand and the Whanganui District Council are major supporters of this venture, along with Whanganui Opera Week (WOW) and the generous sponsors and patrons of the NZ Opera School.

Food & Drink:
Picnics may be brought into the event but no alcohol will be permitted to be carried onto the site. The event will be licensed, with wine and beer available from the onsite bar.
For the safety of all concert-goers, all bags will be subject to security search on entry.
Food stalls from the weekend market will be located nearby.

Picnic blankets and cushions are encouraged, and low-level beach/sand chairs (not exceeding 20cm from the ground) are acceptable. High back, garden, and deck chairs will not be allowed.

Gates will open at 6pm for the audience to find their spot and settle on the grass.
Should extreme weather conditions make the performance impossible, the event will be rescheduled to Friday 18 January.

Purchase your ticket, at the same time, for Great Opera Moments - Saturday 19 January for $30 (not available online).

Booking fee $1 per ticket
Courier $8, Post $3
No refunds / No exchanges.

Tickets can be purchased from Royal Wanganui Opera House Booking Office.
Monday - Friday 10am-4pm
Phone - 06 349 0511
Website - www.whanganuivenues.co.nz

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