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Our ethos is simple - “We give happiness to seniors through music!”

Operatunity is a rare company in New Zealand and probably in the world. It is a very Kiwi company,  formed in 2001 and in that time has grown to be New Zealand’s leading provider of daytime concert entertainment and national and international music travel. 


Its ethos is simply “We give happiness to seniors through music!”


It is a very busy business employing 17 full time staff and 35 contracted artists per year. But more than its great business model, Operatunity is a company with a lot of heart. It touches people and makes a huge difference to people’s lives. 


It presents over 200 concerts annually to seniors throughout New Zealand in 24 different regions from Whangarei to Invercargill. These concerts are filled with joy and are delivered with Operatunity’s unique brand of good music and humour. They are presented in community churches, regional halls and theatres, making them accessible to seniors. They think about things like parking, accessibility for the disabled, the frail and the sick. For an affordable ticket price they even feed their audience lunch so it becomes a social as well as a musical event for their audiences. 


Unlike any other arts company, the artists greet you at the door. They get to know you and make you feel welcomed and part of the extended family.  Their concerts are of a high standard. They only employ professional New Zealand artists who are talented as well as ‘giving’ performers who genuinely want seniors to have a great time.  None of their amazing artists consider themselves in any way ‘divas.’ They are just normal people who love to sing and are lucky enough to earn their living through their passion.


Operatunity is not an opera company. Operatunity is a play on the words opera and tunes and presents all sorts of different concerts, each with its own special theme: everything from music theatre, 50s and 60s popular songs, Gatsby art deco, Irish, iconic kiwi shows, popular opera, crooners, Glenn miller, big band. Audiences regularly say that Operatunity concerts are ‘the highlight of their lives”. 


On their travel side Operatunity has opened the world to seniors who may be less confident to travel on their own as they get older, especially to widows and widowers who are quoted as saying that Operatunity has changed their lives. “I never thought I would feel happy again” is one quote from Bill who went to Norfolk Island with Operatunity after the death of his wife. They take nearly a thousand seniors away on bespoke music festival trips all over the world each year, where they provide music and fun, as well as take seniors to incredible events and locations. 


Like all companies with a lot of heart, Operatunity has started many community initiatives over the years, supporting the arts communities, senior citizens, and NZ families. 

These range from fundraising projects for earthquake relief for Christchurch and Kaikoura, giving free concerts for seniors there, fundraising for a sustained water supply for a Fiji High School which had no running water, raising over $35,000 and fundraising events for many charities including Alzheimer’s and the Hearing House. They also have partnered, for many years, with Sistema, a South Auckland charity geared to provide classical tuition to lower decile school students. Together they have raised nearly $20,000 and donated around a hundred violins and other instruments to allow children to learn and be part of an incredible socially empowering programme. 


With the advent of COVID and the stressors related to arts and travel organisations, Operatunity has had a perfect storm of stressful contributing factors. But in its ongoing effort to touch the lives of New Zealand seniors it has presented 19 free online concerts called the Happiness Half Hours with artists donating their time to bring comfort, relief and fun to seniors in these stressful times. These concerts have been viewed over 150,000 times and have been shared with seniors in other countries around the world. Operatunity staff and singers also rang over 5000 people during lockdown to check if they were ok. 


Operatunity has recently initiated SOFA which stands for Seniors Offering Families Assistance. This initiative has a two fold benefit: to change the narrative around frail seniors to show seniors to be contributing and strong members of society and to assist families in need at present.  Together with Operatunity’s Senior Audiences all around New Zealand they have collected nonperishable food items at concerts that are then donated to local food banks to families in need. They have now donated nearly $15,000 of cash and more than $30,000 dollars of food to local families in need. 


In the 2020 New Year’s Honours List, Operatunity’s founder Susan Cameron was awarded an MNZM for her services to music and seniors. 


In 2021 Operatunity will celebrate its 20th anniversary. It touches the lives of over 65,000 seniors each year in New Zealand and continues to bring happiness through music. 


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.



~ 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, 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, 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, Rarotonga 2019
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Susan Boland


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


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


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


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....

Bruce French


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


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


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


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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Chet O’Connell


Chet O’Connell has earned a formidable reputation as one of New Zealand’s most dynamic, in-demand guitarists at the same time as receiving accolades as a...
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David Kelly


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Kelly Lim Harris is an Auckland based, New Zealand born crossover soprano of Malaysian and NZ European descent.  Most recently she was selected as a singer...
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Lukas Fritsch


While studying saxophone at The University of Auckland, Lukas spent his summers performing with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines around the Americas. Having recently completed his...

Lynette Martin


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Tracey Collins


If it is an engaging artist you wish to bring warmth and music magic then look no further than Tracey Collins and the incredible talent,...
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Susan Boland


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...

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...

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...

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...

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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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...


Three Tenors, Triple the Thrills
Three Tenors, Triple the Thrills
2 New Trips Added!
2 New Trips Added!
Important Notice from Operatunity Travel 2021 + 3 New Trips!
Important Notice from Operatunity Travel 2021 + 3 New Trips!
Introducing Chet O’Connell
Introducing Chet O’Connell

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