New Zealand Opera School

The New Zealand Opera School was inaugurated in 1994 by Whanganui's own Donald Trott (ONZM) and the world renowned soprano Mme Virginia Zeani.  The School provides intensive vocal, language, movement and acting training for our emerging opera singers and the opportunity for success in the world of opera.

Whanganui is the ideal city to host this internationally acclaimed School with the facilities of the Whanganui Collegiate School, the historic Royal Wanganui Opera House and above all, the support of the people of Whanganui who look forward eagerly to its return in January each year.

For the audience, it is an opportunity to hear the great voices of our young operatic singers and to hear how these improve as the School advances. Whanganui Opera Week aims to present to the audience the operatic stars of the future. 

The New Zealand Opera School is based at Whanganui Collegiate School, which offers excellent accommodation and facilities. The music rooms, the Chapel and the Prince Edward Auditorium are the perfect locations for fostering and training New Zealand’s emerging opera stars and for showcasing their talents. 

The major sponsors of the New Zealand Opera School are the Freemasons Foundation.