Opera Factory Trust are delighted to advise that the search is over! We have found a new office and home base to rent near our founding location of Newmarket. You’ll now find us in the upstairs studio office at St Marks Church Parish Centre, 95 Remuera Road just a stones throw from Broadway. We are thrilled to have an administrative base which will be a great asset to the delivery of our mission and programme. The centre also has a other spaces available for us to rent for our rehearsals, coaching, workshops & some concerts. Our music resources and costumes are stored down the road in a rented basement cage in Nuffield St and we also rent rehearsal and storage space for our residual props and staging elements, at NZ Opera’s Technical Centre in Onehunga.
Our March Opera by Twilight recital at the Mount Eden Village Centre was very well supported, then 12 students enjoyed our ‘Shakespeare and Song’ April school holiday youth workshops at the Dolphin Theatre. Our big project at the beginning of the year was the Chamber Opera Composition Contest (Jan/Feb) and Winning Workshops weekend in April both kindly supported by Creative New Zealand. The results of our Composition Contest led to a full weekend of exploratory workshops at NZ Opera in Onehunga, working with the composers and selected singers, guided by the panel and composers. The weekend concluded with a demonstration concert of excerpts from the winning entry and four other new works, presented by fifteen singers and pianists and attended by a large and illustrious audience. Most recently we have just held two full days of Senior Open Auditions and received great interest from almost 50 current or new senior and advanced singers, keen to perform and participate in our activities.
Special thanks to our members, donors and funders who continue to contribute and support our mission and future. Also, a warm welcome to many new audiences, colleagues and participants who have recently joined us. We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you to an event soon.
The Opera Factory Team
Opera Factory’s contact details remain the same:
Phone 09 921 7801 or 021 529 127 and email firstname.lastname@example.org