NZ Opera

Outreach Programme

Design & Vocal Creative Workshops


Since 2000, NZ Opera has offered up to 20 students each from two schools the opportunity to work with a set and costume designer over a period of three days to experience developing a full production from scratch. Scale models of production designs and costume mock-ups are created and displayed in the theatre foyer during the opera season. The workshop includes a backstage tour and dress rehearsal ticket. Suitable for Years 7 and 8.



Since 2000, NZ Opera has offered up to 20 students each in Auckland and Wellington the chance to work with professional opera practitioners to create their own piece of musical theatre based on the current opera season. The workshop concludes with a showing of their work to peers, friends and family and includes attendance at the opera. Suitable for Years 12 and 13.


Schools Dress Rehearsal Attendance

To further assist the process of introducing children and young adults to opera, New Zealand Opera offers school groups the chance to attend Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington dress rehearsals at a special schools' rate of $10 per student. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to be introduced to the world of professional opera in New Zealand.


LA TRAVIATA  download AKL Schools Form
LA TRAVIATA  download WGN Schools Form

LA BOHEME  download CHCH Schools Form

DON GIOVANNI  download AKL Schools Form
DON GIOVANNI  download WGN Schools Form



The Magic Flute and The Stolen Sun

In 2012 over 3,500 Auckland students enjoyed Linda Kitchen's The Magic Flute and The Stolen Sun as part of our Opera in Schools outreach programme. We're delighted to be heading to schools once again this year in Wellington and Christchurch with this 45 minute English language version.

Starring Morag McDowell and Richard Green in filmed roles with Oliver Sewell, Milla Dickens, Leisa Falconer, Edward Laurenson, Kieran Rayner and Elizabeth Mandeno all performing live.

There are still a few spaces left for performances in Christchurch (31 March - 4 April) and Wellington (7 - 11 April). For more information email our Education Assistant Anna Jewitt at

PUBLIC PERFORMANCE - Saturday, 29 March at 2.30pm
Aurora Performance Centre, Burnside High, Christchurch
Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Children or 0800 696 737

Support gratefully received from the Christchurch City Council, Creative New Zealand, Mainland Foundation and Shipleys.