Welcome to Hamilton Operatic Society

Hamilton Operatic Society is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most celebrated musical theatre groups.

We have cemented our 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.

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.

Reliant almost exclusively on volunteers, we are also committed to cultivating a deep knowledge and understanding of stagecraft in the younger generation.

As a not-for-profit organisation, Hamilton Operatic Society Inc. is reliant on volunteers and the generosity of the community and local businesses.You can learn more about our volunteer positions and sponsorship opportunities under the Get Involved page on this website.

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.

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Congratulations David Sidwell on you Honorary Award from WINTEC. 

David Sidwell - Institution Medal.

David Sidwell’s enduring commitment to the arts has earned this long-standing member of the music and theatre community, global and local recognition for his work.
David joined Wintec in 1999. For 19 years he has inspired and guided Wintec students as programme manager, team manager, and postgraduate supervisor within the School of Media Arts. He currently manages the Postgraduate and Music & Performance Arts Department. He is the director of Hamilton Operatic Society and has led other theatre companies since 1986.

In 2014, David was awarded with the civic award of Freedom Holder of the City, the highest civic honour, for his significant contribution to Hamilton City’s music and theatre community.

David has been instrumental in bringing a number of spectacular performances to the Waikato, including Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, Oliver!, The Rocky Horror Show, Sister Act and Mary Poppins.
With more than 40 years involvement in music and theatre as musical director, composer, orchestrator, arranger and pianist, it is no wonder David Sidwell has become one of the country’s most highly-acclaimed directors of musical productions.

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Congratulations dear man. Xxx

So well deserved David!!! Woot woot!!🎉🎉🎉

Wow, congratulations! It's hard to wrap your head around the amount of students/people you've influenced and had an effect on over the years 🎭 🎼 🎤🎬💜

One of my all time favourite teachers. Congrats Siddy, you deserve all the very best things.

Congrats 👏

Inspirational teacher also!! Certainly was the key to my 25 years as a musician!! Congratulations Siddy!!

Congratulations to you well deserved 🎼🎹🎭 xx

Congrats! There’s only a knighthood to go...

Congratulations David. And well deserved

Well deserved congratulations




Congratulation David!! 🤩🌟

Sincere congratulations on the award David Sidwell.

John Wilkinson

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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.