The Opera School motto in Latin is ‘Nihil tumultus tantum opera’ which translated is ‘Minimum fuss, maximum work’ and the New Zealand Kokako is chosen for the logo because it has beautiful, clear, organ-like song. It can carry over great distances. Every Kokako population has its own distinctive song a phenomenon which many consider analogous to human dialects The New Zealand Opera School Tutors and Students
 

Welcome to the New Zealand Opera School

The stated OBJECTIVE, written in 1993 by the Founder, Donald Trott, remains the same today, namely:

“To provide a period of intensive vocal, language, movement and acting training with tutors of international reputation in order to give our emerging opera singers the very best tuition possible and to provide a taste of the disciplines required to succeed in the fast-growing, competitive and demanding world of opera performance”  


Hosted in the Wanganui Collegiate School, the New Zealand Opera School runs from 6th to 20th January and includes several public performances which culminate in a gala evening in the Royal Wanganui Opera House.

Our students particularly value the quality of national and international tuition provided and the daily schedule of lessons including vocal tuition, stagecraft, vocal coaching, operatic language coaching and Masterclasses.

 

The Opera School logo: ‘the motto in Latin is ‘Nihil tumultus tantum opera’ which translated is ‘Minimum fuss, maximum work’ and the New Zealand Kokako is chosen because ‘it has beautiful, clear, organ-like song. It can carry over great distances (just like the natural well-trained human voice). Every Kokako population has its own distinctive song (just like every singer) a phenomenon which many consider analogous to human dialects’.

2014: World Famous Tenor to Join Wanganui Team!

We are extremely pleased to let you know that joining Paul Farrington and Margaret Medlyn we have two new vocal tutors at the 2014 school – internationally renowned tenor, Dennis O’Neill, and another of New Zealand’s most highly respected tutors, Isabel Cunningham. With this news we are received even stronger applications than usual, and we advise that applications are now closed for the 2014 School

2014: Calling all Alumni for the School's 20th Anniversary

As this is the 20th Anniversary of the School we also have big plans for an extra celebration concert featuring past and present students and special friends, planned for Thursday January 16th. We are keen to hear from all Alumni who would like to attend or offer their performance services. The programme has yet to be finalized but at this stage we wish to invite all alumni to contact our administrator Julia Booth nzoperaschool@gmail.com should you wish to be involved.”

Enrolment for the 2014 School:

Application for enrolment in the 2014 New Zealand Opera School (6th to 20th January 2014) is now closed.

 

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