A Night of Opera


MON 27 JUL, 6.30PM - 9.30PM
TICKETS $50-$95


Join us to for an intimate experience with NZ Opera's talented artists in Auckland Museum's stunning Grand Foyer. With performances from international opera star Simon O'Neill (Tenor), Kristin Darragh (Mezzo-Soprano), Natasha Wilson (Soprano), Edward Laurenson (Baritone), accompanied by Pianist David Kelly on the Fazioli piano. 


After a successful 2019 season, don't miss this unforgettable performance where the talents of New Zealand opera greats are matched with the magnificence of the Grand Foyer. One night only.


Tickets are limited for this unique event so we recommend you purchase early.

Simon O'Neill


Simon O'Neill

Simon is an operatic tenor described by the London press as “the best heroic tenor to emerge over the last decade” and “THE Wagnerian tenor of his generation”. He is the most internationally recognised New Zealand opera singer since Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Sir Donald McIntyre and was named (for the second time) the New Zealand Classical Artist of the Year at the 2019 Vodafone New Zealand Music awards.

Simon performs many of the most demanding operatic roles in the operatic repertoire including: Wagner’s the Valkyrie, Siegfried, Parsifal and Verdi’s Otello at the: Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London; Metropolitan Opera, New York; Teatro alla Scala, Milan; and the State Operas of Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Vienna. He has appeared in concert with the world’s most celebrated orchestras including the: Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle and London Symphony Orchestra on the world’s greatest concert stages - Carnegie Hall, New York: London’s Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Proms; and at the Salzburg, Bayreuth, Tanglewood and Edinburgh Festivals.

A Fulbright Scholar and an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Simon is also an alumnus of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music (New York), the University of Otago and holds a Doctor of Music (Honoris causa) from Victoria University of Wellington. He is an Arts Foundation Laureate and a Grammy-nominated recording artist with EMI, Naxos and Decca.

Kristin Darragh


Kristin Darragh

Kristin Darragh trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her voice described by Opernglas as one of ‘breathtakingly beautiful depth and formidable penetrating power.’ She was a full time soloist at Theater Lüneburg, Germany where her roles included Olga (Eugene Onegin), Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Charlotte (Werther) and Sally Bowles (Cabaret).

Since her debut at the age of 23 as Fyodor in Boris Godunov, Kristin has been a regular principal with New Zealand Opera, her next role is Marcellina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

Recent performances include Alto soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and The Messiah for the NZSO and mezzo soloist in de Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat with the APO. This season Kristin will perform her own solo show at Waikato University’s Gallagher Theatre and sing the Alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Auckland Choral.

Natasha Wilson


Natasha Wilson

Natasha Wilson is a New Zealand-born soprano and was recently based in San Francisco, where she completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in Vocal Studies, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is now a second-year, Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist in 2020-21.

Natasha was a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera in 2018. She made her professional debut with the company in The Mikado and performed principal roles in Candide and The Elixir of Love. Natasha has performed with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra as the soprano soloist in their Spanish Baroque concert series and opera series, Bittersweet Obsessions.

Edward Laurenson


Edward Laurenson

Originally from Auckland, Edward Laurenson graduated with Distinction from London’s prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied with Australian soprano Yvonne Kenny, and received coaching from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. One of the highlight moments from his time in London was having the privilege of performing for Her Majesty The Queen.

More recently Edward studied under the tutelage of César Ulloa at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he performed the roles of Tarquinius in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Older Thompson in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied. He was signed as an Artist in Residence with Opera Colorado where he performed a number of roles, his favourite being Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, before joining San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Programme in 2019.

David Kelly


David Kelly

David Kelly is Principal Répétiteur for New Zealand Opera, and performs regularly with the Auckland Philharmonia and Auckland Chamber orchestras, and is an accompanist and coach at the New Zealand Opera School. He performs with flutist Luca Manghi on the critically applauded recital disc Quays (Atoll Records, ACD 882), and is a member of the Donizetti Trio, which previously undertook a national tours and 2014 and 2019 for Chamber Music New Zealand. He studied with Diedre Irons and Maurice Till, and trained at the Australian Opera Studio in Perth, Western Australia.

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Ticket options

Ticket options

This event may sell out. Book now to avoid missing out. Door sales will only be available subject to availability.

Seated Ticket Golden Circle $85 online, $95 door sale
Seated Ticket Grand Foyer $75 online, $85 door sale
Standing Ticket $50 online, $60 door sale

View seating plan

Food and beverage
Our café, 1929, will be open for service with a bar and food available for purchase on the night. Plan ahead and purchase an Antipasto Platter package on the booking page.

Beverages Menu
McLeods "Longboarder" craft pilsner available on tap. 
Wines - Pinot Noir, Merlot, Sauv Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sparkling Brut. 
Low alcohol beer, a full ranges of soft drinks, water and tea/coffee are also available.

Frequently asked questions


+Photography at the event

Please note that there will be photographs taken at this event for publicity and promotion purposes.

+Host responsibility

Please note intoxicated persons will not be admitted to this event. Any person who becomes intoxicated during the event will not be served alcohol and will escorted off the premises. 

+Is this event suitable for children?

As there is alcohol served at this event, it is suitable for adults aged 18 and over. 

+Is there a coat/bag check available?

There will be no bag or coat check available.  

+Can I purchase tickets at the door?

Yes, we will have door sales with Eftpos only available on the night if we don’t sell out prior. We recommend checking the website before arriving to ensure we have tickets still available on the night, as this event may sell out. 

+What food and drink is available?

A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including tea and coffee, burritos, toasties and antipasto sharing platters are available for purchase. If you would like to take advantage of the reserved space pre-event available for those who pre-purchase platters, you can pre-order your platter when you purchase your tickets. 

A note that no red wine or dark coloured beverages can be taken onto the Champagne Mezzanine on Level 1, due to Museum collection guidelines. 

+Is this a seated event?

There are seated tickets available for purchase, as well as standing tickets. Standing ticket holders will have standing room only and can choose to stand on the ground floor or on the level one mezzanine. A limited number of fold stools will be available on the ground floor, and stools / bar leaners on the mezzanine. 

+Is there parking at the Museum?

There is limited paid parking available in the Museum's underground car park - see here for full details on transport options and parking details. Please note, if you choose to park in the underground car park, please exit the car park on foot and walk around to the Grand Foyer entrance. 

+Will the entire Museum be open?

No, the event is taking place in the Grand Foyer and Champagne Mezzanine above the Grand Foyer only. 

+How do we get into the Museum?

Please enter Auckland Museum via the Grand Foyer entrance on the northern end of the building. The South Atrium entrance will not be open.

+Is this event suitable for wheelchairs and walking frames?

Yes it is. If you or someone in your group is attending in a wheelchair or with a walking frame, please see a Visitor Host on the evening who will be able to ensure any special requirements you may have are accommodated. 

+What's the timing?

6.30pm – Doors open – food and beverage available 
7.30 – 8.00pm – Set 1 (30 mins)
8.00 – 8.15pm – Break 
8.15 – 8.45pm – Set 2 (30 mins)
8.45 – 9.15pm – Set 3 (30 mins)
9.15 – 9.30pm – Encore if requested 

+What is the dress code?

There is no dress code for this event, however we do encourage you to dress up for this special evening. We recommend bringing a jacket or shawl incase it’s a cooler evening. If you purchase a standing ticket we suggest wearing comfortable shoes. 

+I have another question

Contact our bookings team at bookings@aucklandmuseum.com or 09 306 7048