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 2015 season

Main Series

Peter Walls
Overture: The Creatures of Prometheus BEETHOVEN
Concerto, Violin, Violoncello & Piano, op.56, C major (Triple Concerto) BEETHOVEN
Concerto for two violins in D minor BACH
Symphony No.7 in A major, Op 92 BEETHOVEN

Fri 6 March Gallagher Academy Waikato University, Hamilton 8pm
Sat 7 March Graham Young Youth Theatre,Tauranga Boys College, 5pm
Sun 8 March Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, Rotorua 2pm

Peter Walls
Symphony in C major, K. (the “Linz”) MOZART
Bassoon Concerto K. 191 MOZART
Winterlight LODGE
Symphony No. 4 in A major (the “Italian”) MENDELSSOHN

Fri 17 July Gallagher Academy Waikato University, Hamilton 8pm
Sat 18 July Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, Rotorua 5pm
Sun 19 July Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga 2pm

Peter Walls
Aotearoa Overture DOUGLAS LILBURN (1915-2001)
Concerto (winner of the University Competition)
Symphony No. 9, in C major (The Great) FRANZ SCHUBERT

Fri 11 Sept Gallagher Academy Waikato University, Hamilton 8pm
Sat 12 Sept Taupo, Great Lake Centre7.30pm
Sun 13 Sept Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga 2pm

12-13 December – HANDEL’S MESSIAH :
Peter Walls
Colaborative concert with Hamilton and Rotorua Civic Choirs

Sat 12 Dec Founders Theatre, Hamilton 8pm
Sun 13 Dec Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, Rotorua 2pm

Meet the orchestra

Amalia Hall

Amalia Hall

Amalia Hall – Guest Concertmaster We welcome Amalia who will lead the Opus Orchestra for the remaining concerts this year. She is filling the positions both of Opus concertmaster, and as the violin and viola lecturer at the University of Waikato for her sister Lara who is taking maternity leave. As a violinist of distinctionRead more…