“Lockwood Group is proud to announce that they are once again the naming right sponsors for the New Zealand Aria.”

Joe La Grouw says “Everyone knows music sounds better with wood, especially with the quality of the orchestral accompaniment and the singing talent, it’s a natural fit for the Lockwood brand. The Aria has been a proud association of ours over the years, and we were particularly pleased to have been involved in the development of it, to the extent that it became eponymously known as the Lockwood Aria”.

The New Zealand Aria competition is one of Australasia’s most prestigious singing competitions. The event has been in existence for over 70 years. Formerly known as the Lockwood Aria, the competition offers life-changing opportunities to entrants and has launched the careers of some fine young singers.

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.

Bringing the Lockwood Aria Home Again

Lockwood Group is proud to announce that they are once again the naming right sponsors for the New Zealand Aria.

The New Zealand Aria has, over 70 years, nurtured singing talent and provided a respected platform for entrants to showcase their operatic talents, both here and overseas.

Joe La Grouw CNZM and Chairman of the Board at Lockwood Group along with Jo-Anne La Grouw MNZM and current NZ Aria Trust President, believe that it is time for the Aria to come home once again. Joe La Grouw says “Everyone knows music sounds better with wood, especially with the quality of the orchestral accompaniment and the singing talent, it’s a natural fit for the Lockwood brand. The Aria has been a proud association of ours over the years, and we were particularly pleased to have been involved in the development of it, to the extent that it became eponymously known as the Lockwood Aria”.

Talented opera singers from across New Zealand and around the world come together in Rotorua to compete for the title of one of Australasia’s most prestigious singing competitions. The contestants compete in heats, with 10 participants selected to compete in The Finals, accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.

The event is the largest annual competition of its kind in the country, and its fame has spread throughout Australasia’s world of opera. The New Zealand Aria, now once again the Lockwood Aria, attracts aspiring opera stars who pit themselves against some of the best young singers. The platform this competition provides, along with an attractive prize pool of $45k, contribute to the performer’s further development in this demanding art.

Officers for the New Zealand Aria Trust

President: Mrs Jo-Anne La Grouw MNZM

Vice President: 
Mrs Anne Larkin


Trustees
: Mrs Jo-Anne La Grouw MNZM

Mrs Anne Larkin
Mrs Alison Perrin JP
Mr Grahame Hall QSO JP
Mrs Dianne Estcourt
Mr Lyall Thurston QSO JP
Mr Monty Morrison JP

Open Classes: Mr Lyall Thurston QSO JP

Under 21 Section: Mrs Anne Larkin

Please consider entering online for this years New Zealand Aria competition. follow these simple directions

All correspondence to be addressed to:

Under 21 yrs Classes:

Mrs Anne Larkin
(t): 07 349 2987 or (m): 021 136 0310
Address: PO Box 1194, Rotorua

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Open Classes:

Mrs Jo-Anne La Grouw MNZM
(t): 07 349 0342 or (m): 021 812 611
Address: PO Box 1194, Rotorua

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