Director John Rosser
Répétiteur David Kelly
The Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus is auditioned annually and has members in three separate choruses around the country. Its members are trained and accomplished singers, requiring both the technique to sing across an orchestra and the ability to perform on an operatic stage. Many members of the chorus have gone on to success internationally, and to have leading roles with New Zealand Opera.
The Chorus features not only in New Zealand Opera’s mainstage productions but also in a wide variety of concerts and special events. It has received considerable acclaim for its performances, with one critic describing it as “absolutely superb both dramatically and musically” and others hailing its “remarkable singing” and “sharp, incisive work”.
John Rosser has been New Zealand Opera’s Chorus Director (Auckland) since 1995. John is founder and conductor of the chamber choir Viva Voce, guest conductor for several other choirs, and recently appointed as Artistic Director of the World Symposium on Choral Music to be held in Auckland in 2020.