Soprano Eliza Boom made her name in the 2018 Lexus Song Quest. Photo: Supplied.

Opera in Park brings the talent


Nelson’s Opera in the Park is again offering an unmissable chance for a night under the stars with some of the country’s top opera singers and contemporary musical talent.

Originally a small community event, Opera in the Park now attracts visitors from all over the country and is a key part of the city’s summer activity schedule.

With a programme designed by musical director Pete Rainey, contemporary singer/ songwriters Tami Neilson and Jason Kerrison will join baritone Joel Amosa, soprano Eliza Boom and tenor Jarod Holt for the evening’s acts.

Chair of the sports and recreation committee, councillor Tim Skinner, said Opera in the Park, which will be at Trafalgar Park, just keeps getting better and better.

“There’s a huge amount of talent in the line-up, we are thrilled to have international award winning stars like Tami Neilson and Jason Kerrison here in our city and there’s something magical about the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

“Opera in the Park is something everyone should experience, whether they’re an opera fan or not – it really is a great night out.”

Pre-concert entertainment by Nelson City Brass, New Zealand’s newest A grade brass band, will be warming up the audience in a showcase of local talent.

Tim says to bring a picnic, warm clothing and a torch, and settle in for an evening of world-class entertainment at Trafalgar Park.

With the show now only a few weeks away, on 15 February, he says people should get organised.

“Everyone should make a plan with a group of friends or family, get their tickets booked and head along early on show night to make sure they get a great spot.”

Designated areas will be set aside for those with chairs and food and beverages will also be available onsite.

No glassware is permitted, except in bottle form.

Opera in the Park, Trafalgar Park and Pavilion, 7.30pm-10pm, Saturday 15 February 2020.

Adults $25, child aged 5 – 15 years $5, under 5s free (prices exclude TicketRocket service fee).

Tickets are available now through Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, Richmond Mall, Nelson, Motueka and Blenheim i-SITE, online at or by phoning 0800 224 224.

The Nelson Weekly has a double pass to give away for Opera in the Park. To enter , email [email protected] with why you want to head along, to be in the draw.