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Opera at Daniel’s

Aug 2

| $50

Presented by: Tauranga Opera Forum

Join us for a sumptuous lunch with the bonus of live opera from our grand lineup of soloists with some of the most popular choruses in the opera repertoire.

Ensure you don’t miss out and get your tickets early. Tickets are on sale from Monday 22 June at Bureta Pharmacy or House of Travel. You can also pay online to 38-9019-0116100-02 with your name and phone number as reference. We will phone you to confirm that we have received your payment and will have your tickets waiting at the door of Daniel’s on 2 August.

There will be no door sales.


Come along and witness a wonderful line up of singers:

Ella Paterson

Ella was our First Prize winner last year at our Scholarships Concert. Hear how her voice has developed in the last eight months. Ella was also a prize winner at the 2019 Tauranga Performing Arts Competitions, taking the Tauranga Opera Forum Award for The Highest Individual Score for 14/15 years.  Ella says, “For the future, I really want to explore my voice through the operatic style and see where that may lead me!” TOF is keen to support young singers like Ella with aspirations like this.


We are delighted to have Angus and Anna Simmons, the husband and wife duo, to sing for us before they head off for Europe.

Angus Simmons                                                                                                                       

Angus is a Christchurch-born, Auckland-based baritone. He graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 2017. Angus was a 2019 Dame Malvina Major Foundation Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera. He has been a member of the Freemasons New Zealand Opera (NZO) Chorus since 2014, performing in La Bohème, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, The Mikado, Carmen and Le Damnation de Faust, Tosca, Candide, The Elixir of Love and The Barber of Seville. He has toured nationally as part of NZO’s Opera in Schools programme in productions of The Elixir of Love and The Barber of Seville.

Anna Simmons  

Anna was born in Tauranga, attended Tauranga Girls’ College and graduated from Waikato University, with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 2016, where she was a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar. She has been a member of the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus since 2015 and has appeared in Tosca, The Mikado, Carmen, Candide, L’Elisir d’Amore, Aida, La Bohème, and Don Giovanni. She is popular as a soloist with choral societies around the country, and has premièred two works by Janet Jennings including the critically acclaimed opera, Flowing Water.

Wendy Coster

Wendy was born in Taiwan and has been in NZ since she was 15. She began singing lessons with Jan Beets eight years ago and enjoys singing in charity events, solo concerts, choirs, musical theatre shows and competitions. She recently received the Exhibition Award (one of only four presented in NZ) for her Trinity College singing exam. By day, she is a GP working in Farm Street Family Health Center in Mt Maunganui. Wendy enjoys singing opera because it is fun, passionate, and a bit of a challenge!

Jan Beets

Jan has been involved with singing performances for many years as a solo performer, musical director, vocal teacher/performance coach, choir member and opera/musical theatre performer. (You may have seen her as Miss Andrew – the nasty nanny in Mary Poppins, presented by Tauranga Musical Theatre.) She gained her Trinity College of London ATCL in 2002. Jan teaches at Tauranga Girls’ College, Papamoa College and has a busy daily teaching schedule in her home-based studio with students aged 7-75. In her life as a singing teacher, Jan is able to combine her two great loves, teaching and singing.

Leon Gray

Leon has featured as a performance accompanist, musical director, vocal coach, choir director and concert reviewer in and around the Bay of Plenty for a number of years. He holds Masters degrees and postgraduate diplomas in music, education and business, and runs a very busy teaching studio in Central Tauranga. He also writes music teaching resources, and his online music training programmes are now being run in selected schools around the country.

Glenese Blake

Winner of several prestigious awards, including the inaugural Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship, Glenese was awarded an Arts Council Grant for further study overseas where she enjoyed a successful singing career in England specializing in Handel, Mozart, Britten and lighter Wagner roles. During this time, Glenese developed an interest in vocal pedagogy; the science and the emotional content of sound, which led to her becoming a founding member of the British Voice Association.Teaching positions at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and especially at the Marylebone Voice and Therapy Unit, gave her more insight into these possibilities.

Returning to New Zealand, Glenese was appointed Senior Lecturer in Voice at The University of Auckland where she developed an innovative and successful voice department. Her students were successful in being awarded scholarships for overseas study and singing abroad.She has sung compositions by many New Zealand Composers and was Soloist in Concerts and Oratorios throughout New Zealand.

Glenese went on to further study and has a Master of Arts (Art Therapy) degree which focused on her belief that music has the ability to heal and that voice is an integral part of the healing process.

Moving to Cambridge Glenese continued to teach at The Waikato Conservatorium of Music forming a formidable partnership with Dame Malvina Major and David Griffiths, working with singers who are now having successful careers overseas. More recently moving to Tauranga, Glenese works at Tauranga Girls College, Bethlehem College and Aquinas and has added choral conducting to her skills. She continues with her therapeutic work helping people to “find their voices”.

Glenese and her husband Michael founded “The Music Shed”, which actively mentors young singers and voice teachers, choir conductors and Heads of Music who want to understand vocal complexity; Glenese also facilitates workshops around New Zealand for NEWZATS. She is a regular Examiner of Singing for NZMEB and has adjudicated some of the most prestigious singing competitions throughout New Zealand. She is an Associate Member of the Registered Music Teachers Association and on the Committee of the local IRMT branch.

Glenese was awarded a Fellowship Diploma in the Art of Singing Teaching by the St Cecilia School (Australia) of Music – the only Voice Fellow in New Zealand.


Come along and enjoy:

  • Three course lunch
  • Raffles Raffles Raffles
  • Complimentary glass of bubbles as you arrive
  • All tickets go in the draw for a $250.00 HOUSE OF TRAVEL voucher
  • Tickets just $50.00
  • There are no door sales


For more information, please contact John Hodgson: johnhodgson@xtra.co.nz 


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Tauranga Opera Forum
027 284 9738


Daniels in the Park
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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty 3110 New Zealand
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