7.30pm, Saturday 28 July 2018 – Auckland Town Hall

Experience the excitement of New Zealand’s most glittering night of opera.

Hotly-contested and judged live on the night, watch on as five opera hopefuls take the stage in the biggest night of their performing lives, singing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. With $90,000 in prizes up for grabs, this coveted title is a life-changing career win. The Finalists will be announced live at the Semi-Finals, held in Wellington on 21 & 22 July.

Be there for the thrilling finale, as Aotearoa’s next opera star is born.  Who will win?





Pre-sale Early Bird tickets go on sale to supporters of The Culture Club at 9am on Wednesday 30 May 2018. You can join from just $5 per month – JOIN NOW

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 9am on Wednesday 6 June.


A Reserve – $79 (Adult Early Bird tickets on sale now until 1 July)

A Reserve – $85 (Adult from 2 July) and $39 (Child, 15 years and under from 30 May)

B Reserve – $59 (Adult) and $29 (Child, 15 years and under)

C Reserve – $39 (Adult) and $20 (Child, 15 years and under)

Tickets subject to availability. Pricing excludes service fees.





From its inception in 1956, the Lexus Song Quest has become New Zealand opera’s most prestigious singing competition, launching the world famous opera careers of many talented New Zealanders.

In 2018 the stakes have never been higher, with a share of $90,000 in prizes to be won, and the opportunity to join the impressive line-up of previous victors like Benson Wilson, Sol3 Mio’s Amitai Pati, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dame Malvina Major.

Who will win? Follow the journey and be part of the excitement.


Watch the 2016 Lexus Song Quest video

Listen to the 2016 Semi-Final recordings on the Radio New Zealand Concert website