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.

"I am writing to express my sincerest and heartfelt appreciation to you and to the players of Opus Orchestra who helped make Saturday evening's performance of the Mozart Requiem and Lauridsen Lux Aeterna such a tremendous success.

"The concert marked a milestone in the life of my chamber choir, The Scholars Pro Musica, and it is an evening they are not likely to forget. They have never had the privilege to perform with an orchestra of such precision and strength. I firmly believe it was through the strong leadership of Opus that my choir was able to really rise to the occasion and deliver such a powerful and convincing performance themselves. "

Chalium S P Poppy - MMus (Hons)
"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

Latest news

Experienced classical music manager Peter Walls has been announced as the new Chief Executive at Chamber Music New Zealand.

Former CEO of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Peter Walls is currently the Pro Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington. 

CMNZ chair Roger King said the organisation was thrilled to have secured Peter as its new CEO.

“He is an highly astute and experienced manager and has a sound understanding of the classical music business in New Zealand.”

Prior to his role at the NZSO, Peter was Professor of Music at Victoria University, was made Emeritus Professor in 2006 and, in 2012, he received an ONZM for services to music.

Peter takes up his new role on 9 February, replacing Euan Murdoch who headed the organisation for almost 10 years and is leaving to be Director at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music.

“I look forward hugely to taking up my new role at Chamber Music New Zealand – an organisation that I have long admired. I am proud to have this opportunity of working with an excellent group of colleagues to ensure the wide-ranging musical riches we have are available to all New Zealanders.”

Mr Walls added that 2015 was an exciting year to join CMNZ as the organisation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Chamber Music Contest. The year-long Jubilee celebrations bring together many alumni of the contest who have made their name on the international music stage.

Click to hear Eva Radich talk with Peter Walls about his appointment on Concert FM's Upbeat programme. 

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