About Us

The New Zealand Opera Society was founded in 1953 to support the newly established New Zealand Opera Company. That company vanished in 1971, but the society has continued to support opera wherever it has reappeared. It encourages interest in opera from the national perspective which is largely through the monthly magazine, New Zealand Opera News. Since the early 1980s professional opera has revived strongly in New Zealand, with companies in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and much semi-professional activity in provincial cities. In Wellington the society screens opera films and presents recitals and concerts for New Zealand singers, both professional and those beginning their professional careers. Over the years the Society has offered a variety of scholarships and prizes for opera singers and opera professionals.

The New Zealand Opera News

New Zealand Opera News began in 1977. It is a monthly, and is the only independent magazine about opera in New Zealand, previewing and reviewing all productions. The magazine profiles artists, directors and others involved in opera, comments on arts policies and state funding levels as they affect opera. It includes a diary, for about four or five months ahead, of opera productions and other operatic activities such as concerts of opera excerpts and singing contests in New Zealand; it also lists opera performances in eastern Australia.



Our membership year runs from January to December.

Anual membership fees in NZD

  • Full Membership: $85
  • Overseas Membership: $100
  • New Zealand Resident Students (under 25.years): $40

Send cheques to:

The NZ Opera Society Inc.
PO Box 2104
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Subscription enquiries to subscriptions@opera.net.nz