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Nelson Opera in the Park 2022

Sat 19 Feb, Trafalgar Park Nelson

Gates open at 5pm // Pre-show community entertainment begins 5.30

Prices: Early bird adult $25 (until Fri 31 Dec), full price adult $35, child aged 5 – 15 years $8, child under 5 FREE (prices exclude Eventfinda service fee). 

You must be fully vaccinated and produce a COVID-19 vaccination certificate/passport in order to attend this event.

Nelson Opera in the Park returns to the city with some of the best New Zealand opera and contemporary singers alongside the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of conductor David Kay.  

Bring a picnic and enjoy a wonderful night of music in the open air for the whole family.  (Beverages will be sold onsite, but not food this year.) 

Tickets available through Nelson i-SITE, Theatre Royal Nelson (closed 20 Dec-17 Jan), online at or phone 0800 224 224. 


  • Stan Walker - Contemporary
  • Anna Hoetjes - Soprano
  • Samuel Downes – Baritone
  • Andrew Grenon – Tenor
  • Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
  • NBS Nelson City Brass
  • Plus more to be announced

Stan Walker

Few figures in Australia and New Zealand music can compare to Stan Walker, one of the finest popular entertainers in a generation.  

As a recording artist, Stan has been awarded eight New Zealand Music Awards and is the five times winner of the Waiata Māori airplay of the year award. In Australia, Stan has been nominated for five ARIA awards. Sales wise, he’s achieved two gold singles, two platinum singles, and two double-platinum singles.

As a singer, the trans-Tasman pop R&B star, recording artist, actor and activist is said to possess a heaven-sent voice that can sound angelic, sensual, or soaring.  Find out for yourself, live, as Stan takes to the stage to perform at the 2022 Nelson Opera in the Park. 

This is the first time Stan has performed with a Symphony Orchestra - history in the making! 

Anna Hoetjes - Soprano

Lyric soprano Anna Hoetjes is a graduate of the University of Canterbury, having studied with Dame Malvina Major. A versatile performer, Anna has performed extensively throughout New Zealand, from the concert stage to the rugby field.

Anna is a former New Zealand Opera Emerging Artist and is a recipient of the Circle100 Scholarship.

Samuel Downes – Baritone

Samuel began his love of music at Saint Kentigern College as a member of the male-only auditioned choir Menasing and then as part of Kentoris. He graduated from the University of Auckland in 2016 on completing a Bachelor of Music with Honours under the tutelage of Dr Te Oti Rakena and Robert Wiremu. 

Andrew Grenon – Tenor

Andrew has performed as a soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orpheus Choir with Orchestra Wellington, and Christchurch City Choir with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.  

Andrew studied at the Wales International Academy of Voice under the guidance of Dennis O’Neill and Nuccia Focile. He was a Dame Malvina Major Foundation Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera in 2009 and 2010.

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

Recognised nationally and celebrated locally for the depth of its work, the CSO believes that music can enrich lives in different ways and aims to share these experiences with as many people as possible. 

Each year, the CSO presents a diverse programme of symphonic works both new and familiar, collaborations with celebrated artists across multiple genres, and brings live music experiences to people around the community – wherever they might be.

The CSO was twice a finalist in the New York Festival Radio awards, along with Radio New Zealand, and, in 2020, won the gold award for the live broadcast of the CSO’s 2019 opening Lamb & Hayward Masterworks concert, Phoenix. In 2021, the CSO was awarded the Community Arts Award for its work in Christchurch Men’s Prison.  

Artistic Director: Peter Rainey

Tickets for Nelson Opera in the Park event are issued, and entrance to the event is only permitted, on the following additional COVID-19 terms and conditions.  You must have access to the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan the relevant venue specific QR code on arrival.  You must not attend if you are subject to any COVID-19 related isolation period or are feeling unwell.  You must comply with any other mandatory NZ Government requirements relating to COVID-19, including any requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

No refunds will be given for attendees or ticket holders that are unwilling or unable to comply with the requirements listed above, unless required by applicable law. Should the event be cancelled tickets will be refunded.

For performance updates go to or the Nelson City Presents Facebook page.