Opera Idol : 3 – 5 September 2014

The Finals – Friday 5 September at 6.30pm
Onstage at our Factory Theatre 7 Eden St Newmarket.

Opera Idol is our annual voice contest for school students of all ages and levels.
After two days of auditions with professional adjudicators – 10-12 finalists are selected from each section to present again on Friday evening .

Opera Idol provides an unique opportunity to showcase the talents and dreams of young classical singers and to ensure a steady supply of future exponents and audiences for opera in New Zealand.
The FINALS are rather like a youth version of the Lexus Song Quest – we’d love to have your support in the audience!

DOOR SALES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE NIGHT, or email/phone us now to reserve your best seats.
Tickets $15 (Adults) $10 (Students).

Note: You have just missed our season of Menotti’s thrilling melodrama ‘The Medium’ – thanks to those of you who attended this great work.

Curtain Up – for experienced singers

Curtain Up Programme –

Experienced singers 18 – 35


Short seasons of entertaining or dramatic one act operas, small casts, tight rehearsal schedules, offering roles and development opportunities to experienced singers


Fully (“fringe style”) staged chamber or full length operas, performed over a two week season, offering more roles to larger casts with opportunities for singers at varying levels of experience and vocal development.


Part day, one day or more – work with top industry tutors (from New Zealand or overseas), focusing on specific skill areas important for opera performance.


Opportunities for experienced singers to perform their own repertoire


Thanks to support from the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation we have been pleased to offer selected committed singers heavily discounted, individual, 45 minute coaching sessions.

There may be a limited number of similar opportunities this year.

Previous coaching sessions booked out very quickly – act now!  This opportunity is especially aimed and suitable for advanced singers who are preparing for examinations, contests, auditions, roles or working on new repertoire.
Email admin@operafactory.com or Ph 09 921 7801 if you wish to be considered.


General Auditions


Experienced/Advanced singers      9,11 and 12 June 2013.  Appointments necessary

General auditions for all singers interested in stage productions July – August 2013

To book an audition time, please email admin@operafactory.com and advise your preferred date and time. Accompanist is provided.

If offered a place in a cast for a production please consider your schedule carefully – while we are willing to accept some missed rehearsals, it is not fair on us or your fellow performers if you withdraw after auditioning and being cast.  Please advise us prior to auditioning if you think you will have scheduling problems so we can consider this when casting.  If you wish to be considered for any of the current opportunities  you must audition.

All roles in the following performance seasons are being auditioned:

“Opera Box” July 10 – 14 – Double bill of Portrait of Manon (Massenet) plus either La Serva Padronna (Pergolesi) or A Game of Chance (Barab).

“Opera Off Broadway” 21 – 31 August: Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)