Production company Festival Opera was established in 2013 with a vision of bringing world class opera to Hawke’s Bay. Built on the belief that music enriches our communities, the company provides a platform for locals to share their talents alongside professional artists and musicians. Every year, Festival Opera delivers a fully staged opera with Project Prima Volta (PPV) – a mentoring programme that harnesses the creative and social power of singing to help teenagers find their voice.
Opera elevates simple, everyday stories of people’s lives through sublime musical lines, and nowhere is this more prevalently seen than in Italian opera. This year, Festival Opera is delighted to team up with The Mission Restaurant to present Pranzo dell'Opera in Giardino (Opera Lunch in the Garden) as a part of the 2021 F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic. Pranzo dell'Opera in Giardino will feature Project Prima Volta graduates, including soprano Caitlin Roberts whose experience spans multiple opera seasons with the company as well as a solo feature in the 2021 Project Prima Volta - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra sold out concert tour.