Sun shines for Opera in the Park


Nelson Opera in the Park attracted one of its larger crowds to date on Saturday night, with 7500 people making the most of a night of world class music in the open air.

Mayor Rachel Reese says the large crowd confirmed the event as one of Nelson’s most popular, with accommodation in the city centre booked out over the weekend.

“It was a fantastic night out that not only attracted thousands of residents but also many visitors from out of town. The international artists played to an international crowd,” says Rachel.

“As Mayor of Nelson, I am proud to see the continued success of Opera in the Park as a Council run event.”

Musical Director Pete Rainey says the night was one of the best yet.

“We could not have asked for more. A fantastic crowd, a world-class lineup and stunning weather. It truly was a spectacular evening.”

Nelson School of Music’s Take a Seat fundraising got off to a great start, with pledges from event goers for 50 seats received towards the $6.4 million restrengthening project.

“Having committed $3 million towards the restrengthening work, Council was pleased to be able to support this further fundraising campaign as part of Opera in the Park,” says Rachel.