February 23, 2014

As a Nelson New-by, I haven’t quite fallen into the ‘events’ schedule as quickly and as efficiently as I would have liked.  There is so much going on at any given time that I keep finding out about things after the fact.  Even though I search online, read local magazines and newspapers and snatch up flyers when I see them, there is always something I end up missing.

Fortunately, Opera In The Park has been on my radar ever since my first visit to Nelson last year, several months before moving here.  Friends of mine have been regaling me with their wonderful memories of past concerts and I bought tickets as soon as they became available for this year’s dates.

My husband and I spent the day packing up a picnic basket, choosing wines and cheeses and buying fresh warm loaves of ciabatta bread.  We loaded the car with a blanket and low chairs and set off to meet up with friends who had staked a claim in the grass directly in front of the stage.  Once settled, we opened our collective baskets and enjoyed a warm, sunny evening of delicious food and pre-concert entertainment.

Eventually the main event started and we sat back to take in the incredible operatic vocal range of Amina Edris from Egypt, the lilting tone of  Tama Wairapa from Wellington and the witty, most amazing trumpeter/tromboner from Australia, James Morrison.

Although my husband and I have never paid much attention to opera, we thoroughly enjoyed the show!