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Sharing Exceptional Travel & Musical Experiences

Our Story

From our humble beginnings with just nine in our first audience, we have grown to the point where we now tour the country with eight concert seasons in 24 different venues and provide around 15 trips per year.

What started out as a few singers putting on a concert has now grown into a company producing over 200 concerts a year, touring nationally to over twenty five venues around the country.

Over the years we have added many new venues and we perform a variety of concerts, everything from opera, to songs of the 40's, 50's and 60's and more!

We don’t know of any other arts companies which tour the entire country eight times a year.

In 2007 we started a travel company specialising in travel for music lovers. Our trips are escorted by our artists and combine fun, camaraderie and exceptional musical and cultural experiences. 

Thank you for my holiday in the Deep South. I am refreshed and revitalized, being cared for by your admirable guides who magically transformed into actors and singers at dusk; their voices enchanted us.

~ Betty, Delve into the Deep South 2018

Many thanks to you all for a fabulous, magic holiday. We could not fault it. The organization of the tour in every respect, accommodation, company, meals and of course the superb entertainment. We would certainly recommend you to our friends.

~ Helen & Grahame H, Southern Lakes and Fiords 2018

I have just got your exciting package from my letterbox, hurried inside to open and see the contents and sink back into a wonderful time of reminiscing.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the most wonderful journey of my lifetime.
As I have said many times, I loved every moment of it. It way exceeded my expectations - and Bonnie and Jess you were the most superb hosts.
I will treasure the memories for my lifetime!!

~ Jennifer S-R, Croatia & Slovenia 2018

Dear Sue and John

Huge thanks for another very special Happiness Half Hour. Amazing interview with Dame Vera Lynne and John’s medal story was very poignant and a great credit to you both.
Your story of one of the oldest audience members Sue was an inspiration to us all.
Congratulations on all the Happiness Half Hours. I am enjoying being able to play them over and over!!! Good luck and very best wishes.

~ Dorothy - 2020

Dear Sue, John & the Gang,

What a way to finish my Anzac Day!

I have just watched your Anzac Special and I have to send this note of appreciation for a wonderful presentation.

The programme brought back memories for me as I certainly know all of the songs, which, during the war were great morale boosters.

Your Happiness Half Hours are excellent, much appreciated and seem to get better and better!

My day started before 6.00am when I stood outside to join in the remembrance and now has finished in the best possible way.

My sincere thanks to all involved.

~ Barry - 2020

Thank you for yet another lovely concert. These concerts are a ray of sunshine in these days of lock downs and it is so nice to feel we are getting to know you on a more personal basis. Love the music, the photographs and love the humour!!

Look forward to seeing you back on stage in Tauranga as soon as circumstances permit. It's a nice feeling to know I belong to the Operatunity family.

Love and best wishes to all.

~ Malcolm, Tauranga - 2020

FANTASTIC show in Whangarei yesterday and congratulations to Sue for her award. I took my sister to a show when she was visiting from Vancouver and she was amazed at the talent and costumes and wished they had something similar in Canada.

She is always keen to hear of my travels with the Operatunity family.

Thank you, Sue and John you bring so much joy.

~ Lynn, Whangarei -100 Glorious Years of Song 2020

Dear Operatunity team, Sue & John

A huge thank you for a fabulous Christmas at the Proms at Lower Hutt. My favourite moment? The Queen’s Speech! And the mad conductor song! Suffice to say every one of the artists were incredible and the musical mini- orchestra just was the icing on the cake.

We are in awe of the professionalism, talents and bubbling enthusiasm every time we attend your concerts.

Wishing you all peace, love and happiness in the coming year,

With love & best wishes.

~ Judy, Lower Hutt - Christmas at the Proms 2019

We have just attended the Glenn Miller concert in Christchurch. What a wonderful time we had. With the beautiful costume changes by the girls and the music that took us back in time another enjoyable morning. Thank you very much you are all real troupers to keep us entertained after a rather tough night getting to Christchurch.

~ Margaret Smart’s Group, Christchurch - 2020

Hurrah! Hurrah! What a bottler of a show. We laughed, we cheered, we were treated to a delightful
time of music and fun. What a wonderful proms at Mosgiel today. Particularly, the rendition of
O Holy Night which was powerful, poignant and so special to me as was The Holy City – I sat, closed
my eyes and listened to these two beautiful songs performed so wonderfully.

Neat to have a special English guest on stage in all her finery at one stage.

Hope all at Operatunity have a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

Look forward to 2020 concerts.

~ Bon, Mosgiel/Dunedin – 2020

Dear John and Sue,

We would like to thank you so much for the wonderful concert that we attended in Rotorua. It was just fantastic as they get better all the time. We are so happy that we are apart of the Operatunity family. Your concerts are a special treat for us as they lift our hearts and send us home with a smile and still singing. You are all so good and will never be forgotten. What a wonderful way to start the year. We love you all. We love you all. We wish you all a very happy New Year.

~ John and Khristine, Rotorua 2020

My trip to your music festival at Norfolk Island was superb! I cannot express my appreciation strongly enough - thank you seems so inadequate. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!

Your talents and those of your brilliant co-stars will live in my memory for a long long time. I was moved to tears at times the singing so beautiful and meaningful. And each day a new setting and new experience to enjoy.

To add to all the music it was great fun too! And the food delicious!

Many many thanks.

~ Norfolk 2020, Trish White

We want to thank you so much for another wonderful trip and for the memory stick and the great group photo that arrived so quickly. It was so nice to be able to catch up with the four people we met on the 2017 Croatia trip and make new friends, some of whom will be on the Murray River in September. We thoroughly enjoyed the shows but the wee concerts provided by Lynette, Alex, Kelly and Jess are what we think set your trips apart and make them so special.

~ Bryan & Heather H, Melbourne 2020

The music, history, literature, the beautiful landscapes, and charming and helpful people will always be remembered.
This was my tenth trip with Operatunity, each one has been outstanding and unique.
Sue and John have created an amazing company, giving such pleasure to so many, bless you for that.
So many highlights, too numerous to mention, an unforgettable journey, memories to last a lifetime, the list goes on.

~ Denise T, Ireland 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of every day and came home with heaps of amazing things to talk about and remember. We love our time with Operatunity and now looking forward to our next trip.

Many thanks to Sonia for organizing everything for us. Where would we be without you all.

~ Rowena & Bruce, Sydney 2020

I just want to thank you so very much for your kindness and help arranging my travel to Norfolk Island.

Everything went without a hitch. I had a wonderful time. It was so hot though. I met some lovely people. Sue and the team kept us so busy and was very tentative.

~ Sylvia S, Norfolk 2020

Thank you both, and your talented team of entertainers for a wonderful trip to Norfolk Island.
It was certainly a time of song, music, love and laughter, and great fun.
I always appreciate the dress code that you have the smartly dressed men and the beautiful gowns you and your ladies wear.
Also thank you to all the crew for looking after us all so well, it is very much appreciated, I am very grateful for the help I received, so it was possible to join the trip.

Cheers,

Fay

~ Fay, Norfolk 2020

Another wonderful tour with Operatunity.
Another bunch of special highlights to remember and put in my memory bank. The pleasure each tour gives me is priceless and has added greatly to the very happy person I am. I can’t wait for the next one to Vanuatu.
I feel very special being picked up and taken home after each tour.
It was a great pleasure to see Bonnie, Karl, Paul, Marian, Suzanne, and the Band and to meet Russell. I am in awe of the talents all of them possesses and what lovely people they all are as well.

Love and best wishes,

Glenda

~ Glenda, Norfolk 2020

Bruce and I wish to say thank you for a truly incredible week with you all in Norfolk Island.
It was a magical time filled with glorious musical events and fun filled activities every day.
It never ceases to amaze us as to how much time and effort you all put into these holidays to make them so special for us, the travelers.
We are left with so many wonderful memories.
Looking forward to our next trip with you.
Many thanks again for this special time.

Kindest regards,

Rowena & Bruce

~ Rowena & Bruce, Norfolk 2020

Thank you so much for a truly enjoyable trip to Sydney. The organization was superb and the last night’s concert was wonderful.
You are a special team, all so caring and warm. We really appreciate your efforts and concern,

Averill & Fred

~ Averill & Fred, Sydney 2019

Thank you for making our trip around Scandinavia and St Petersburg such a wonderful experience.
John and Stu were great escorts sharing their knowledge, sense of humour and looking after us so well. - Especially around these busy bicycle lanes!

Thank you for all that you do in organizing in such detail the many trips offered each year, and personally escorting many of them. I take my hat off to you, thank you most sincerely for giving us seniors especially those of us now on our own, the opportunity to travel safely and have such a wonderful experience and fun.

Kind regards,

Brenda

~ Brenda, Scandinavia 2019

The music, history, literature, the beautiful landscapes and charming and helpful people will always be remembered.
This was my tenth trip with Operatunity, each one has been outstanding and unique.
Sue and John have created an amazing company, giving such pleasure to so many, bless you for that.
There were many highlights, too numerous to mention, an unforgettable journey, memories to last a lifetime, the list goes on…

~ Denise, Ireland 2019

A few words of thanks for another well organised trip a trip down memory lane for several other people.
We visited places that most tourists wouldn't even venture to.
Your team members were outstanding, working together, helping the group, courteous, patient and understanding. The entertainment was superb and team leader Bonnie’s management skills were excellent.

Sincerely Gary and Raewyn

~ Gary and Raewyn, Rarotonga 2019

Dear Sue and John,

You can be so proud of how Bonnie, Jess, Kalauni along with Derek, Stephen and Briony represented you both.
They were outstanding. The staff at the crown resort Rarotonga were wowed “look at how much enjoyment people who you think could not go travelling are having” they said.
The staff couldn’t have been more helpful themselves.
The entertainment blew everyone away and the joy it gave was unmeasurable.
As always, your travelling company is out on its own, and already I have booked another trip. Sonja is a joy to talk too.

Many thanks,
Glenda

~ Glenda, Rarotonga 2019
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Susan Boland

Soprano/Co-owner

Susan Boland, is owner and co-founder of Operatunity. She has been a professional singer for 30 years. Her achievements include winning all major aria competitions...
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John Cameron

Tenor / Co-owner

John Cameron, owner and co founder of Operatunity has enjoyed a singing career spanning several decades. His primary musical love is the romantic ballad and...
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Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua

Principal Resident Artist

Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua was awarded the Iosefa Enari Scholarship Award for the support and development of Pacific Island Opera Singers in 2004 and was a finalist...
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Karl Perigo

Resident Artist

Karl Perigo has a string of credits to his name having performed lead roles in Les Miserables and recently in the title role as 'The...
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Alex Foster

Singer

Alexandra Claire Foster has a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Performance at the University of Auckland. Singing and entertainment are her greatest passions and...
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Alex Milligan

Singer

Alex holds a BMus (Performance) from the University of Auckland. Since graduating, Alex has maintained a busy and varied performance career around New Zealand including...
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Amanda Atlas

Singer

New Zealand soprano Amanda Atlas embarked on her international career in 1999, spending ten years singing for various opera companies and orchestras in the US and Europe....
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Bruce French

Saxophone

One of New Zealand's most respected sax players and a professional musician for most of his life, Bruce has performed with a wide variety of...
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Bryony Williams

Singer

Born in Canterbury, England, Bryony spent much of her life in New Zealand until moving back to the UK in 2012. She completed a Bachelor...
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Cameron Barclay

Singer

Cameron is a graduate of both the University of Auckland and the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, where he studied singing, French and...
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Charlotte West

Singer

Charlotte West is a Musical Theatre and Jazz singer based in Auckland. Charlotte attended Rangitoto College on Auckland's North Shore before heading down to Christchurch to...
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David Kelly

Pianist

David Kelly has been principal repetiteur for New Zealand Opera since 2008. David studied at the University of Canterbury with Diedre Irons and Dr. Maurice...
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Derek Hill

Singer

Derek is a graduate of Montreal University and has performed with many NZ opera companies including NBR NZ Opera. He is a Freemasons Opera Scholar,...
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Gail Tipene

Singer

Gail has been singing on stage since single digits. Her love of music led to her involvement in Kapa Haka, school choirs, duos, trios and quartets,...
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Grant Winterburn

Pianist

Grant Winterburn is one of New Zealand’s leading keyboard players. His wealth of experience across a wide range of musical genres has made him in...
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Hamish McGregor

Singer

Hamish McGregor is a musical theatre performer who has spent the last 18 years performing in productions throughout the country for various musical theatre societies....
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Isaac Pawson

Singer

Isaac graduated from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) with a Bachelor of Performing Arts. His recent theatre credits include Peter in Jesus...
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Jessica Hindin

Violinist

Jess has successfully toured internationally with world music show “Barrage” for almost 5 years through 5 continents. Her work encompasses classical, world, gypsy, jazz, country,...
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Kalauni Pouvalu

Singer

Kalauni is a member of the Auckland Chamber Choir, that represented Auckland University overseas in Singapore and the United Kingdom in 2010 under the conduct...
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Kelly Lim Harris

Singer

Kelly Lim Harris is an Auckland based, New Zealand born crossover soprano of Malaysian and NZ European descent.  Operatically trained, Kelly holds a Bachelor of Music...
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Lynette Martin

Singer

Lynette is well known to Operatunity audiences. She has performed for over 30 years including principal roles with Auckland Opera, Wellington City Opera and Opera...
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Marian Burns

Fiddler

One of New Zealand’s iconic entertainers, Marian's unstoppable energy and joy sweeps you up in her path. Picking up her first violin at the age...
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Mike Booth

Trumpet

Mike Booth (trumpet) has maintained a freelance career performing a wide variety of music. Before locating to Europe Mike performed with Cats Away, Netherworld Dancing...
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Pat Urlich

Singer

Pat Urlich grew up in West Auckland, studying piano and singing. After leaving school he studied classical singing with Dorothy Hopkins and performed in several...
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Paul Carnegie-Jones

Pianist

Paul is a pianist, song accompanist and musical director whose performance interests span classical genres, opera, jazz and musical theatre. Paul grew up in Hawkes...
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Penny Dodd

Pianist

Penny Dodd is a pianist, arranger, and conductor with over thirty years experience in NZ, UK and Australia.  She spent five years as a musical director...
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Pete France

Saxophone

Pete has played at jazz festivals and concerts throughout New Zealand with the Rodger Fox Big Band, One Million Dollars, King Kapisi, Shane Cortese’s band...
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Ray Eade

Bass Guitar

Ray lives in Auckland but was born and raised in Invercargill. Ray developed his immense musical skills on the Bass guitar in various Invercargill groups...
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Rebecca Wright

Singer

Rebecca Wright has enjoyed an illustrious career in the Musical Theatre industry, most recently performing the lead role of Eva Peron in Hamilton Operatic Society’s...
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Rikki Morris

Sound Engineer

Rikki Morris’s musical history is rich and varied. He currently works as Operatunity’s full time audio engineer however his achievements go well beyond his sound...
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Rory Nolan

Singer

Rory Nolan is a singer/actor with vast experience in musical theatre. Rory has toured regularly with Operatunity since 2013, and is currently balancing a singing and...
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Russell Dixon

Singer

Russell’s professional theatre career spans 25 years. He has worked on major productions throughout New Zealand and Japan, British touring productions throughout the UK and...
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Rutene Spooner

Singer

Entertainer, Rutene Spooner is a graduate of the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Musical Theatre. In the final...
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Sharon Emirali

Singer

Sharon Emirali is a charismatic singer, entertainer, artist & mother of two. She is one of New Zealand’s sought after vocalists. Sharon's versatility, stage presence & energy exudes...
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Stuart Coats

Singer

Stuart is a veteran of the New Zealand Opera Chorus, having done his first production (for then Wellington City Opera) in 1994. At that time...
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Suzanne Lynch

Singer

Suzanne was discovered along with her sister Judy by New Zealand guitarist Peter Posa. The two sisters became regular performers on the New Zealand  television...
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Tainui Kuru

Singer

Tainui earned a Bachelor’s Degree (Music Theatre) at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) at the end of 2012. In his final...
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Susan Boland

Soprano/Co-owner

Susan Boland, is owner and co-founder of Operatunity. She has been a professional singer for 30 years. Her achievements include winning all major aria competitions...
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John Cameron

Tenor / Co-owner

John Cameron, owner and co founder of Operatunity has enjoyed a singing career spanning several decades. His primary musical love is the romantic ballad and...
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Alex Foster

Concert Administrator

Alex holds a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Performance from the University of Auckland. Singing and entertaining are her biggest passions in life and...
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Sonja Stariha

Travel Manager

Sonja is the longest standing member of the office taking on the role of Travel Manager in the beginning of 2011. Her passion for travel...
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Lynette Martin

Office Assistant

Lynette first joined Operatunity over 10 years ago performing in both Class Act Opera and the Daytime Concert Series and of course was Operatunity’s first...
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Lisa Kennedy

Travel Administrator

 Lisa Kennedy works for Operatunity as a Travel Administrator. She co-ordinates all the trips with sending out relevant info, doing their travel wallets, processing all payments, sourcing and photocopying music and helping...
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Raelene O’Loughlin

Travel Coordinator

Raelene O’Loughlin works for Operatunity as a music travel specialist. Her role includes   Co-ordinating travel for music trips and concerts, planning events, logistics, booking artists...
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Alex Milligan

Office Assistant

Alex has worked in the Operatunity Office part time since 2013 in both the concerts and travel department, and he has also escorted many domestic...
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Tracey Simpson

Travel Coordinator

Tracey is an events, music, and travel specialist. As a Travel Planner, her role includes researching, planning, and coordinating music based events for Operatunity’s Travel Department....
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Kelly Harris

Brand Ambassador & Music Administrator

Operatically trained, Kelly holds a Bachelor of Music and Arts in Classical Voice Performance and European studies from the University of Auckland. During her time...
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Sandy Sharma

Company Accountant

Sandy has been with Operatunity since early 2018 and is loving the daily challenges of keeping up with our Travel and Concert demands. Outside of...
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Cheryl Stephens

Concert Administrator

Cheryl Stephens is employed as Concert Administrator for Operatunity Daytime Concerts & Travel. She has had a long career in office administration. She has 3 children (1...
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Aimee Banks

Concert Manager

Aimee Banks is the Concert Manager for Operatunity. Her role includes artist liaison & management, supervising the concert team, scheduling staffing & tour dates, liaising/booking venues, travel...

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