Become a benefactor


Benefactors are vital members of our extended family; with a community of supporters and arts-lovers who see the deep intrinsic value of the arts in New Zealand. Become a benefactor and enjoy benefits including personalised priority booking and ticket exchange, access to the VIP lounge, invitations to the season reveal party, opportunities to meet your favourite singers plus exclusive sneak-peek benefactor communications – all designed to bring you closer to the world of opera and introduce you to a community of like-minded people. Click here for a list of current benefactors.

With the support of our Benefactors, New Zealand Opera reaches over 50,000 people each year. Your annual gift will help bring breath-taking performances to the stage, provide young people with access to our innovative outreach programmes, and help make emerging opera singers’ dreams a reality. Opera is a unique artform, bringing together music, theatre, design and movement in one emotionally-charged package – there truly is something for everyone. But in order to reach more people in a wider variety of communities, we need your help.

For one-off donations please click link here.

BRONZE $100-$499

  • Personalised priority booking and ticket exchange
  • Acknowledgement on the New Zealand Opera website
  • Invitation to exclusive events throughout the year
  • Opportunity to purchase tickets to exclusive events outside of the main opera season
  • Benefactor-only newsletters and updates offering insider content
  • New Zealand Opera Ltd is a registered charitable entity and individuals can claim a tax credit of one third on all donations they make

SILVER $500-$999

Above benefits, plus:

  • A souvenir programme for each mainstage opera; with a full synopsis, cast and creative bios, and specially-commissioned content to enhance your knowledge of the opera and the performance
  • Acknowledgement of your generous support within the programme

GOLD $1,000-$2,499

Above benefits, plus:

  • Pre-show and interval access to the VIP Lounge whenever open. Meet fellow benefactors and selected guests for wine, nibbles and lively discussion.
  • Invitation for two to the final dress rehearsal of each mainstage opera in your nearest city. See the production twice or introduce a friend to the power of opera.

PLATINUM $2,500-$4,999

Above benefits, plus:

  • Opportunity to meet the cast and creative team following all opening night performances. This is your chance to begin a face-to-face relationship with the stars of the stage (and behind the scenes!)

Major Gifts

At the higher levels of support – the Aria Circle, Bravo Circle and Inner Circle – we offer a bespoke package tailored to the benefactor’s particular interests; with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, invitations to working rehearsals, hosting opportunities and more.

Be a part of this story

If you prefer to process your benefaction over the phone, or would like to talk through any aspect of our benefaction programme, please contact our Philanthropy & Grants Manager, Rebecca Galloway on 04 384 4434 or

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