Opera in Schools

Every year, as part of New Zealand Opera’s participation programme we bring opera to children from as many regions as we can. Specially devised for kiwi kids from Primary and Intermediate, we do a range of activities. We organise and run workshops and masterclasses designed to inspire, educate and nurture aspiring artists. We invite school groups to attend our dress rehearsals in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, which is a fantastic opportunity to introduce students to the world of professional theatre and opera.

The highlight of these initiatives are the Opera in Schools Tours which are fun and highly engaging productions of 45 minute adaptations of well-known operas. Singers perform in English and are accompanied by a pianist, featuring set and costumes designed to fit in the school hall. Following the performance, students have the opportunity to meet the artists, and learn more about opera. This is accompanied by a resource pack which gives you all the tools to bring opera into your school curriculum.
More details below on our next tour.


Tailored to Senior School-aged students with a keen interest in the arts, the Ambassador programme offers opportunities for connection with like-minded individuals, career pathways and networking, and unique experiences around each of our productions.

Join us for a taste of professional theatre-making in varied settings and attend rehearsals and events along the way.

2020 Programme

Are you an Auckland based school student interested in Stage Management, Lighting, Design, Wardrobe, Wigs and Make-up?

We will be opening our Piano Stage rehearsal, on the afternoon of Friday 4 September 4.30pm – 7.30pm, to a select number of senior secondary school students who are keen to learn more about the various elements that go into staging a New Zealand Opera production.

Students will get the opportunity to tour the unique performance venue at Holy Trinity Cathedral, meet members of the Creative Team to hear about some of the decisions made for this particular production, as well as meet the talented personnel who provide all the support to bring the vision to the stage.

Those interested will need to fill in a Register of Interest form here.

For further enquiries please contact Andrew at: andrew@nzopera.co.nz

Dress Rehearsals

New Zealand Opera invites school groups to attend our Dress Rehearsals in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch at a special schools’ rate. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to be introduced to the world of professional opera in New Zealand.  Find the booking forms and further information on our website.

Dress Rehearsals


At New Zealand Opera we host a range of activity designed to inspire, educate, and nurture future artists.  We have a range of workshops and masterclasses to support the primary, secondary and tertiary curriculum, introducing students of all ages to the many fascinating elements of opera.

Contact New Zealand Opera directly to create a bespoke workshop or masterclass at education@nzopera.co.nz

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