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Opera On the River

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  • Thu 16 Jan ’14, 7:30pm – 10:00pm


Waimarie Centre, 1a Taupo Quay, Whanganui


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $35.00
  • Senior: $30.00
  • Student: $25.00
  • Child u16: $15.00


NZ Opera School

Opera on the River will be performed for one night only, alongside the downtown reaches of the Whanganui River close to the PS Waimarie jetty.

A Wanganui Gala Concert Spectacular performed by New Zealand Opera School past and current students to celebrate its twentieth Anniversary year
Staged on board the beautiful Paddle Steamer Waimarie moored near the bank of the Whanganui River, with a picnic audience gathered.

Opera on the River is a spectacular theatrical, live music event, intended for a broad-base family audience. This innovative and entertaining production is inspired by the unique location and the historic setting of the PS Waimarie, our “Showboat” for the evening. Arias, duets and choruses from well-known operas will be interspersed with songs from some of the best and most famous musicals, all sung by some of the amazing young voices of New Zealand Opera School past and current students, with keyboard accompaniment.
The production will be highly visual with colourful costumes, and a big screen on the riverbank will show the singers in close-up. As the sun sets on this location of outstanding natural beauty and the concert continues into the evening, the paddle steamer will be beautifully lit.
Modelled on the grand tradition of a ‘highlights’ concert in a beautiful setting, the show is conceived in two halves of approximately 50 minutes each, with a 30 minute picnic interval.

Food & Drink
Picnics may be brought into the event but no alcohol will be permitted to be carried onto the site. The event will be licensed, with wine and beer available from the onsite bar. For the safety of all concert-goers, all bags will be subject to security search on entry.
Food stalls from the weekend market will be located nearby. Food stalls from the weekend market will be located nearby. Picnic blankets and cushions are encouraged, and low-level beach/sand chairs (not exceeding 20cm from the ground) are acceptable, High back, garden, and deck chairs WILL NOT be allowed.

Where & When
Gates will open at 6.30pm, for the audience to find their spot and settle on the grass, with the performance beginning at 7.30pm. Should extreme weather conditions make the performance impossible, the event will be rescheduled to Friday 17th January.
Finish Approx 10pm

Adult $35 Senior $30
Student $25 Child (U16) $15
Buy for Great Opera Moments at the same time and get both concerts for $60
A very limited number of reserved VIP tables are also available from the Box Office. Each table costs $500 and has 8 seats. There is no food or beverage included in this price. Picnics are welcome and beer and wine may be purchased on site.

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