Nelson Opera in the Park

Ticketed Event

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Sat 15 Feb, 7.30 – 10pm  (Gates open at 5.30pm)

Trafalgar Park, Nelson

Soak up the atmosphere for this wonderful night of music in the open air, this year back at Trafalgar Park in Nelson City.  

We are honoured to welcome back the outstanding New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with the following fantastic performers:

* Tami Neilson  * Jason Kerrison   * Jared Holt   * Niuafolau Joel Amosa   * Eliza Boom

Musical programme (648KB JPG) 

The fireworks display normally at the conclusion of the concert has regrettably been cancelled due to Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s ban on fireworks throughout the region.

Below is more information on our performers:

Tami Neilson  Coming off extensive national and international tours, Tami brings her powerhouse voice to Nelson this summer. 

“There are singers and then there is Tami Neilson, for whom the word ‘singer’ just isn’t big enough.”  No one forgets the first time they saw Tami Neilson. She can hush a room with an original song that channels the hurting spirit of Patsy Cline or the sensuality of Peggy Lee, or bring the audience to its feet on a rockabilly raver.

Jason Kerrison  An award winning singer/songwriter, perhaps best known as the front-man for NZ icon band Opshop (their 2007 album Second Hand Planet yielded the singles ‘Maybe’ and the inescapable ‘One Day' and made them the first local band ever to reach number one on iTunes NZ).

Jason is one of few artists nominated twice for the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Song Writing Award, winning in 2008, and, in 2011, was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to music.

Jared Holt – Tenor.  In 2000, Jared won the Mobil Song Quest in New Zealand, enabling him to study at the Royal College of Music in London. He later joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Having enjoyed a successful career as a baritone, Jared has now made the transition to tenor.  His debut performance was with the New Zealand String Quartet and has since travelled New Zealand and the world performing live and recording. 

Niuafolau Joel Amosa – Baritone.  Joel was the winner of the 2018 Lexus Song Quest.

Joel completed his music degree and postgraduate diploma under the tutelage of Isabel Cunningham and Frances Wilson at the University of Otago.  He has recently been named as the 2019 Dame Malvina Major Young Artist with New Zealand Opera. 

Eliza Boom – Soprano  Eliza is currently training at the Nataional Opera Studio, supported by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and the Drake Calleja Trust.  Prior to this, she studied with Mary Plazas at the Royal Northern College of Music on their International Artist Diploma and Master of Music programmes.  Eliza has won many awards and competitions, including the Richard Bonynge Award (JSRB Bel Canto Award), Les Azuriales International Singing Competiton 2018, the Frederic Cox Award, and was runner-up in the 2018 Lexus Song Quest.

PLUS Pre-Concert entertainment by Nelson City Brass.  Under the baton of Musical Director Nigel Weeks, New Zealand’s newest A grade brass band continues to present a much loved and appreciated range of concerts and attendances at civic functions around Nelson after 162 years.

Bring warm clothing, a torch and rug if in the picnic area. Those with chairs please sit in the designated areas. Bring a picnic or buy from delicious food stalls on site.

Tickets available through Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, Richmond Mall, Nelson, Motueka and Blenheim i-SITE, online at or phone 0800 224 224.

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