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.

In truly humble beginnings, our first ever concert had a very small yet enthusiastic audience of nine at the Belmont Rose Centre on the North Shore.

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 constantly work to keep our concerts fresh with new artists, new themes and new ideas. We have seen a variety of concert themes over the years, everything from Opera, Gilbert and Sullivan, Music Hall, Proms, Music Theatre, War Songs, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s songs presented by specialists in their own fields. 

We have always aimed to be a truly national company and with your help we have achieved that - 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 music. Our trips are escorted by the  artists at our concerts and combine fun, camaraderie and exceptional musical and cultural experience. Our destinations range from NZ music trips using the backdrop of our magnificent scenery, music festivals which we present in Australia or on tropical islands,  to US and European trips where we experience anything from opera to Broadway shows.

 

We have travelled overseas on many trips with several different companies and we both felt we have never been on a better organised tour where we were so thoughtfully cared for, or on a tour where we had such a variety of fun activities

~ Pat, Murray River

What a fantastic trip to the Murray River we have just had! There are not enough words to describe how excellent everything you did for us throughout the whole trip was and as for the concerts - wow! They were world class and enormous fun! I loved every bit of this great trip which was a REAL holiday and VERY classy! THANK you all for all the hard work and effort and great care of us all by the whole team. This was trip number 5 for me and they keep getting even better each time! Huge thanks Sue and John for bringing your A team! We are very lucky!

~ Dot D, Murray River

The trip was memorable in so many ways – the people who traveled with us, the music, the hotels we stayed in, and the many wonderful places we visited. We wish to thank you so much for your meticulous planning.

~ Chris and John, England & Wales

A big thank you for another fantastic holiday, full of beautiful highlights. The concerts, scenery, the company, the enchanting places we went were all amazing, memories that will I live with for the rest of my life!

~ Glenda, Fairytale Europe

All the planning was superb, but I should particularly like you to pass on my thanks to Tessa May, Alex and Cameron for their assistance, consideration and humour – not to mention the musical entertainment. They were all great. Thank you for a lovely holiday

~ Noeline, Winter Wonderland

I have reluctantly slipped back into everyday life after such a wonderful five days on our Waitemata & Waiheke Island Trip. What a lovely time we had...great scenery, entertainment, food, plus convivial company. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. Top marks for such a well organised trip, especially that memorable concert in the Poderi Crisci Vineyard! It was a night to remember - the venue, the excellent food and of course the topmost quality musical entertainment. We were so lucky to have all that in the mix of a great tour in the region.

~ Alison, Waitemata & Waiheke Island

Operatunity is champagne for the soul

~ Marjorie, Waitemata & Waiheke Island

Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the I Love Paris concert. It was one of the best ever. The beautiful back drop and the equally beautiful songs and music, made it feel as if I was right there in Paris.

~ Kathleen, Nelson

I knew all the words of all the songs - a fabulous program and each performer was perfect in their individual songs and the ensembles were beautiful with great endings! A standing ovation at the end with cheering and clapping was testament to everyone’s enjoyment. It is certainly up there with the best and everyone wore a huge smile as they left! THANK YOU ALL for brightening our lives!!

~ Dot, Hastings

I just wanted to pass on my congratulations on today’s show. I’m so pleased I attended, as was my neighbour, who was entranced. This was everything such occasions should be: heartfelt, poignant, funny, inspiring, uproarious, festive ... immensely satisfying. Please pass on my plaudits to everyone.

~ Lindsay, Kapiti

We’d like to say a very big congratulations for the last Kiwi Show. It was just fantastic, very professional, humorous, and an absolute delight to watch and listen to and be part of the audience. It is obvious at every performance the stars always give of their best and are very passionate about what they do. We always rave about each concert for days afterwards and endeavor to put the word out there.

~ Jill and Kevin, Masterton

We laughed, sang, cried and clapped our hands sore, it truly was that good a performance. Our congratulations and thanks to all who work so hard to bring these concerts together and the performers who give their all to entertain us so well.

~ Judi and Graham

We thoroughly enjoyed the superb concert today in Invercargill. So honest and moving. Very professional. Our first time. We look forward to becoming regulars.

~ Wendy Joy, Invercargill

Dear All

We have come to expect nothing but perfection from you all and the trip to Art Deco Napier was no exception. The attention to detail, marvellous trips to wineries and historic homes, coupled with the marvellous attention from Lynette, Karl and Alex, made for a magical experience.

Thank you all so much. Such fun to dress up each day!

Kind regards

Jackie Shields

~ Jackie Shields
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Susan Boland

Soprano/ Co-owner

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

Awarded the Iosefa Enari Scholarship Award for the support and development of Pacific Island Opera Singers in 2004 and was a finalist for the New...
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Karl Perigo

Resident Artist

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

Singer

Alexandra is a classical music major from the University of Auckland, she has performed in many musicals and operas and she is also a vocal...
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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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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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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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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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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 demand...
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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

Kalanui 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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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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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...
Penny Dodd

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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Rebekah Head

Singer

Rebekah Head is a graduate of the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art  (Bachelor of Performing Arts) She has been involved in Theatre in Education...
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Robert Enari

Singer

Robert graduated from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA) gaining a Bachelor of Performing Arts. Since then he has been involved in numerous...
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Ron Coleman

Pianist

Ron has played the piano in dance and jazz bands from the age of 15.  When he was 21, he left NZ and spent many...
Rory Nolan

Rory Nolan

Singer

Rory Nolan is a singer/actor with vast experience in musical theatre. Rory has toured with Operatunity since 2013, completing three previous national tours, and is thrilled...
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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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Scot Hall

Singer

Scot is a freelance singer and actor. He performs frequently with Operatunity, as well as recent engagements with Vicki Millar Creative (I Wish I Learned,...
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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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Tizane McEvoy

Singer

Tizane McEvoy is an award winning actress and singer. She has studied with Francis Wilson and David Harper, and holds a Masters degree in music...
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Susan Boland

Managing Director

Susan Boland is Managing Director of Operatunity. Over the past fifteen years her key roles have included artistic management, choosing all music and the planning...
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John Cameron

Chief Financial Officer

A co-founder and business manager of the highly successful Operatunity, a company that specialises in providing extraordinary concert and travel experiences to the senior market....
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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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Allen Bo

Accounts

Allen joined Operatunity since 2011, he deals with numbers in the office, outside the office he enjoy classic music & plays piano.
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Jessica Rodda

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jess joined Operatunity as our Marketing & Communications Manager in October 2016. She has an extensive background in Classical Music and has worked for many...
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Lucy White

PA to the Managing Director

Lucy has been with Operatunity since April, 2015. She is currently Sue’s personal assistant as well as organising the logistics for all of the concert...
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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 has worked at Operatunity for 4 years and is our travel administrator in the office. She helps with the planning of the trips, putting...
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Raelene O’Loughlin

Travel Coordinator

Raelene joined Operatunity Travel in October 2016, and has had many years’ experience working in the travel industry. She particularly  enjoys working  on the tours...
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Charné Olivier

Concert Administrator

Charné recently joined us in October 2016 as our Concert Administrator and helps with ticketing for all our concerts around New Zealand. She usually attends...
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Jeanette Watson

Catering Manager

Jeanette is a valued member of our team who has toured with us for several years, assisting us with the catering side of the concerts....

Media/Newsflash

Guinness World Record holder joins for Musical Extravaganza!
Guinness World Record holder joins for Musical Extravaganza!
Karl's first Phantom
Karl's first Phantom
Ten Tenor joins Operatunity
Ten Tenor joins Operatunity
Tizane McEvoy joins Operatunity
Tizane McEvoy joins Operatunity

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