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

Meet the orchestra

Ashley Hopkins

Ashley Hopkins

I started learning the clarinet when I was 10 years old and have played it ever since. I went to Auckland University where I graduated after three years with a Performance Diploma in Music (Clarinet). I was awarded a Trinity College Diploma (LTCL) on clarinet in 1982. I learnt from Ken Wilson and Frank Gurr when I was at University and was always in awe of the achievements of these two performers/teachers. They both had different strengths.Read more…