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Opera in the Park

Picnicking to a superb soundtrack Nelson Opera in the Park is back to delight music-lovers. Frances Wilson talks to some of the key players, including pop legend Bic Runga, for their take on one of the region’s best-loved biennial events.

Bic Runga

A Event photos by Tim Cuff | Artist photos supplied

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first-class orchestra, an excitable conductor, and three exceptional singers – 2018 Opera in the Park is going to be spectacular. The event has been a highlight on the Nelson calendar for two decades. It’s a treasured opportunity to see and hear some of New Zealand’s best performers, ranging over the years from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to The Topp Twins, from Dave Dobbyn to Pene Pati. This year the concert moves from Trafalgar Park to Saxton Cricket Oval, and sees the welcome return of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to Nelson after a five-year hiatus. It will also be their only outdoor concert for 2018, making it their largest audience for any single concert. The orchestra will be lead by acclaimed New Zealand conductor Hamish McKeich, and joined by tenor Simon O’Neill and soprano Anna Leese, both of whom have international opera careers and are well-known to Opera in the Park audiences.

WildTomato February 2018  
WildTomato February 2018