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Opera in the Pa Returns in 2019

Noel Lamberton, (left) Elisha Hulton, and Joanne La Grouw. Photo / Andrew Warner

After a 4 year hiatus, Opera in the Pa returns in 2019.

This will be a beautiful and breathtaking evening of opera in the heart of Rotorua. Maori Waiata and Pacific Island music will be interwoven amongst famous operatic tunes, making this event a unique ‘must-see’.

Opera lovers will be excited to hear that internationally acclaimed artists and members of Sol3 Mio: Pene Pati (Tenor), Amitai Pati (Tenor) and Moses Mckay (Baritone) will be taking centre-stage alongside 2018 Lexus Song Quest Winner Joel Amosa (Baritone Bass), and Bay Of Plenty Soprano, Kararaina Walker. Elisha Hulton (Mezzo Soprano) has two roles for the event as both a performer and Musical Director.

The singers will benefit from the exceptional piano skills of Ludwig Treviranus as accompanist for the evening. One of Rotorua’s favourite sons and Broadway star, Turanga Merito, will be entertaining attendees as Master of Ceremonies.

A key component of Opera In The Pa’s events is to provide an opportunity for aspiring singers to showcase their talents on the big stage. Rotorua’s future stars Hohaia Macfarlane (Tenor) and Anahera Waiariki (Mezzo Soprano) have been given this honour for the 2019 event .

For the first time ever, 2019 Opera In The Pa will be held at the Rotorua Village Arts Green on Waitangi Day (Wednesday the 6th of February). The show begins at 5.30pm and is expected to run for approximately 2 hours including a short intermission. Opera In The Pa looks forward to dedicating this event to the signing of the Treaty Of Waitangi.

General admission for the lawn are $40.00, and seated are $60.00. For guests enjoying the lawn, they are welcome to bring their own blankets and/or low folding chairs. Own picnics/snacks are also invited for a relaxing and fun-filled time with family and/or friends.