‚ÄúLockwood Group is proud to announce that they are once again the naming right sponsors for the New Zealand Aria.‚ÄĚ

CHAIRMAN OF LOCKWOOD GROUP JOE LA GROUW SAYS ‚ÄúEVERYONE KNOWS MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH WOOD, ESPECIALLY WITH THE QUALITY OF THE ORCHESTRAL ACCOMPANIMENT AND THE SINGING TALENT, IT‚ÄôS A NATURAL FIT FOR THE LOCKWOOD BRAND. THE ARIA HAS BEEN A PROUD ASSOCIATION OF OURS OVER THE YEARS, AND WE WERE PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF IT, TO THE EXTENT THAT IT BECAME EPONYMOUSLY KNOWN AS THE LOCKWOOD ARIA‚ÄĚ.

The New Zealand Aria is one of Australasia’s most prestigious singing competitions. The event has been in existence for over 70 years. The competition offers life-changing opportunities to entrants and has launched the careers of some fine young singers.

The event is the largest competition of its kind in the country, and its fame has spread throughout Australasia’s world of opera. The New Zealand Aria attracts aspiring opera stars who pit themselves against some of Australasia’s best young singers. The opportunity this engenders, along with the attractive prize money, contribute to the performer’s further development in this demanding art. Entrants often go on to careers in opera both in New Zealand and overseas.

Over the years the competition has generated a widespread reputation, it attracts high calibre of entrants, judges and conductors. Musical splendour is enhanced by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Lockwood Group is proud to announce that they are once again the naming right sponsors for the New Zealand Aria.

The New Zealand Aria has, over 70 years, nurtured singing talent and provided a respected platform for entrants to showcase their operatic talents, both here and overseas.

Joe La Grouw CNZM and Chairman of the Board at Lockwood Group along with Jo-Anne La Grouw MNZM former NZ Aria Trust President, believe that it is time for the Aria to come home once again. Joe La Grouw says ‚ÄúEveryone knows music sounds better with wood, especially with the quality of the orchestral accompaniment and the singing talent, it‚Äôs a natural fit for the Lockwood brand. The Aria has been a proud association of ours over the years, and we were particularly pleased to have been involved in the development of it, to the extent that it became eponymously known as the Lockwood Aria‚ÄĚ.

Talented opera singers from across New Zealand and around the world come together in Rotorua to compete for the title of one of Australasia’s most prestigious singing competitions. The contestants compete in heats, with 10 participants selected to compete in The Finals, accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

The event is the largest annual competition of its kind in the country, and its fame has spread throughout Australasia’s world of opera. The New Zealand Aria, now once again the Lockwood New Zealand Aria. The platform this competition provides, along with an attractive prize pool of $45k, contribute to the performer’s further development in this demanding art.

The New Zealand Aria Trust welcomes you to the 77th Festival Weekend of Song to be held at Sir Howard Morrison Centre on Saturday 02 November 2024 at Rotorua Performing Arts Centre

OFFICERS 2024/2025

Trustees: Liz Carrington, Alison Perrin JP, Monty Morrison JP, Sandra Smaill, Deb Rowles, Neil Carrington, Claire Caldwell, Jay Bocock

President: Liz Carrington
Vice President: Deb Rowles

VOCAL CONVENORS

Open Classes: Claire Caldwell
Under 21 Section: Neil Carrington
Volunteers Coordinator: Sandra Smaill

ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO BE ADDRESSED TO:

 Under 21 yrs Classes: Neil Carrington
Ph 027 292 1140
(E) nzariaU21convenor@gmail.com

Open Classes: Claire Caldwell
021 373 836 (E) clairecaldwell1966@gmail.com

9 Castor Place, Rotorua 3015