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 take part in major productions both in New Zealand and overseas.
The high numbers of contestants who have already been trained overseas and have returned to New Zealand, or conversely have plans toward furthering their development with offshore experience. The New Zealand Aria grows with each experience.
Over the years the competition has generated such a widespread reputation that it attracts a high calibre of entrants, judges and conductors. Musical splendour is enhanced by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.