Welcome to Hamilton Operatic Society

Hamilton Operatic Society has cemented its role as one of the most successful and professional musical theatre groups in New Zealand.

With history dating back over 100 years, we are proud of our roots and traditions but not afraid to push boundaries to make sure we stay relevant and continue to captivate our audiences, both young and old.

Our enduring success is largely due to an unwavering commitment to producing theatre with high production values. This means we don’t cut corners. Ever.

Our audiences know that a night out at a Hamilton Operatic production is a guaranteed feast for the senses which will leave them with a spring in their step.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we are reliant on volunteers and the generosity of the community and local businesses.

From the onstage performers to our creative leaders and technical experts, we are an organisation that values and nurtures our talent and diverse skillsets. We do this in myriad ways, sometimes partnering with local high schools, offering a variety of workshops and regularly producing theatre for youth and led by youth.

Past cast members are now household names and include Dame Malvina Major, the late Rob Guest, Suzanne Lee, Max Cryer and Kimba Johnson (Kimbra). In 2012 the Society was privileged to have international sensation, Richard O’Brien, play the role of Fagin in their acclaimed season of Oliver! at Founders Theatre.

The Society is made up of financial members represented by a Board of Management, which are elected annually at their Annual General Meeting. Click here for membership information.The Board of Management and officers of the Society give their time voluntarily. Hamilton Operatic Society Inc. is a registered incorporated society with not for profit status.

Hamilton Operatic Society Inc. can only operate with the continued generosity of support of the community and businesses who give so much of their time and energy keeping musical theatre alive and well in Hamilton.

Connect With Us!

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Wish I could have seen it 😢tickets for tomorrow night but I’m guessing at level 2 that is not a happening thing ☹️😢🥺

Just been cancelled 😢

We had an amazing time last night performing to our sell out crowd and there are only 5 tickets left to our final performance tomorrow night (Sunday) so if you are planning on coming you need to book now! 

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Was so lucky to be at the wright place at the wright time on Friday night, coming from Wellington. Great atmosphere!

Disappointed that tonight’s show has been cancelled.

Great performance.... thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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What’s On

We’re proud to bring several world-class shows to Waikato every year. Find out about our upcoming productions, auditions and meetings, and plan your visit to Hamilton.

Get Involved

We believe theatre is for everyone – all ages and walks of life! Whether you want to be on stage or behind the scenes, you will love the thrill of bringing a production to life.


Do you need a costume for a party? Props for a corporate event? Or a hand painted back cloth for a production? Our expert costumers and wardrobe staff are eager to help.

Our People

It’s our dedicated members that make Hamilton Operatic Society so great. Meet our fabulous team of elected officers, advisors, life members and staff.

We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our community funders.
Thank you for your generous sponsorship.