Welcome

Opus Orchestra has a vision, to provide the highest possible standard of musical performance for audiences in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region and the wider Central North Island through a programme of 12-15 concerts annually.

It enhances the cultural identity of the region by providing performance opportunities for experienced local musicians and younger players, like the growing number of talented graduates from the Music Department of the University of Waikato.

Opus plays a vital role in the cultural life of the region through collaborations with many high profile musical entities as well as accompanying the University of Waikato’s annual Concerto Competition winner.

Be a part of it.

"It was a wonderful experience to work with an orchestra that was so ready to respond to the slightest nuance of their conductor with precision and perception, and I found their exuberant energy inspiring. Opus Orchestra clearly punches above its weight, bringing the joys of quality classical music-making to a wide audience in the North Island. Long may they continue their good work, and I hope to perform with them again in the future."

Bianca Andrea - mezzo soprano

Read the review of the Divine Endings concert 

"I have great admiration for Opus Orchestra. The players are dedicated, sensitive and focussed, bringing great energy and excellence to their performances. I am also impressed by their vision to bring concerts to several centers in the North Island of New Zealand, thus reaching out to as many people as possible. It was a huge pleasure to work with Opus. I wish them all the very best and hope to return to work with them in the future."

Conductor, Gemma New
Assistant Conductor, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Music Director, Lunar Ensemble

Opus 2014 season

Main Series

James Judd 14 February – Symphony in the Gardens
Opus Orchestra plays the opening concert for the Hamilton Garden Arts Festival. James Judd Conducting. Deborah Wai Kapohe soprano. Waikato University Kapahaka group. Opus Orchestra * Kapahaka * Fireworks
bianca-andrew 11-13 April – Grace and Élégance
Pavane pour une infante défunte RAVEL
Nuits d’été BERLIOZ Bianca Andrew, mezzo soprano
After Death and the Maiden JOHN ELMSLY
Masonic Funeral Music K477 MOZART
Symphony No. 44 in E minor (“Trauersinfonie”) HAYDN
Deidre Irons 20-22 June – Irons Plays Brahms
Symphony No. 85 in Bb (« La Reine ») HAYDN
Variations on a Theme of Haydn BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major JOHANNES BRAHMS, Diedre Irons, piano
  12-14 September – Connections
A Summer Day PROKOFIEV
Concerto (featuring winner of the Waikato University Concerto Competition] 25’
Symphony in D major (the “Haffner”) MOZART

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2014

Meet the orchestra

Sharon Stephens

Sharon Stephens

I began playing the violin at primary school ‘because my friends were’. The give-it-a-go approach soon turned into a serious interest however. Choice of university degree was difficult, but science won and I completed both a Bachelor and Master of Science degree at Waikato University. My PhD study was halted with the birth of my first son, and with the realisation that full-time child care was not for me, I was put back onto the path of music. Read more…