Planned Giving


Established in 2003, the New Zealand Opera Foundation Trust is a registered non-profit organisation, completely independent of New Zealand Opera Ltd. Over the years it has built up an endowment fund made up of planned gifts, such as bequests, which are carefully invested and distributed when required to support the long-term future of opera in New Zealand.

The Foundation’s overarching purpose is to encourage and support the development of opera at a professional standard and to nurture the special vocal talents of aspiring young New Zealand Opera singers and the creative skills associated with the art form.

Support from the Foundation allows New Zealand Opera to bring home kiwi singers who have made it to the world stage to perform in their home country. However, the Foundation doesn’t just help fund New Zealand Opera’s activities, it also helps fund independent opera projects around the country and gives grants towards development scholarships for aspiring young kiwi singers. In other words, the Foundation supports the entire ecology of opera in New Zealand and safeguards its future.

You can leave a legacy of music through a planned gift to New Zealand Opera Foundation.

Gift Options

A Legacy: You may consider leaving in your will a nominated sum for a specific purpose, for example, “For New Zealand Opera main scale productions” or other personal preference.

A Residual Legacy: You may want to make a gift of the residue of your estate when all payments have been made and legacies to family or friends have been attended to.

A Gift from a Family Trust: You may wish to instruct the trustee(s) of your family trust to facilitate a gift from the trust to be used for a specific opera purpose or project.

An Existing Will: You may wish to add a codicil to your existing will.


For more information

Please visit the New Zealand Opera Foundation Trust’s website or reach out to Donald Trott, ONZM directly to discuss your gift.


Phone 0274 587411 or 06 345 5866

PO Box 7268, Mid City Whanganui 4541

We recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified legal professional before reaching any decisions or changing your will. The lawyer will help you through the process and ensure all the legal requirements are met to effectively express and enforce your wishes.

From left to right: Kristin Darragh, Catrin Johnsson and Amelia Berry performing in New Zealand Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. This production was proudly supported by the New Zealand Opera Foundation Trust.

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