Proudly Sponsored by

CreativeNZ logo

New Zealand Opera Society logo

Johnston Lawrence Partners logo

Jiet Studio logo

This is a hugely enjoyable enterprise.
- Garth Wilshere, Capital Times


NIMBY Opera produces innovative, exciting short opera works in Wellington, New Zealand.

The company was formed in May 2006 with four objectives:

  1. To present professional, accessible and innovative short opera works to the general public of Wellington
  2. To create performance and work opportunities for the top up-and-coming opera talent in Wellington – singers, directors, arts administrators and technical crew
  3. To provide a different experience to the general public from the traditional ‘Grand Opera’
  4. To support and commission new works by New Zealand composers

NIMBY Opera is an opera company dedicated to producing new, innovative and accessible opera works for the Wellington public and providing performance and work opportunities for young up-and-coming opera talent – not only singers, but directors, musicians, technical crew and administrators.

NIMBY Opera’s debut production in the Wellington Fringe Festival in 2007 of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ was hailed as a success by critics: “Flawless flow, scintillating singing, hearty humour, plaintive pathos, cool costumes, simple (but effective) staging, masterful musicianship - this production has it all.” (Pepe Becker, Theatreview). The show exceeded box office and audience targets and garnered much support from the local Wellington opera community.

In 2008, NIMBY Opera produced the ambitious and challenging NZ premiere of Lyell Cresswell’s ‘Good Angel, Bad Angel’, a contemporary chamber opera for three singers. One reviewer commented, “In its combination of adventurousness and consistent quality of presentation, the enterprising, locally-based NIMBY Opera have nimbly upstaged the more lavishly funded opera offerings of the International Arts Festival.” (Jackson Coe, Salient).

Good Angel, Bad Angel’ toured to Palmerston North and Auckland as part of the Kiwi Opera Festival with a cast and crew of 10 people, performing in Newmarket at The Opera Factory to a sold-out house: “Vocally this production was unswervingly professional. Wellington’s NIMBY Opera has come up with a workable alternative to big-budget opera in the grand style.” (William Dart, New Zealand Herald)

Our next production is 'The Cunning Little Vixen' by Leoš Janácek.

NIMBY Opera welcomes sponsors and businesses seeking to connect with a successful and growing arts organisation. Please contact us if you can offer support.