About Us

Hamilton Operatic Society is one of the oldest musical theatre groups in New Zealand, wowing Waikato audiences with our spectacular performances since 1904.

Producing 2-3 high quality productions every year, we are also famous throughout the Waikato region and beyond for our stellar compilation shows and theatre restaurant shows commissioned for the society.

Past shows include well known musicals such as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita and Oliver!, The Rocky Horror Show, Sister Act and Mary Poppins.

Boasting some of New Zealand’s most talented actors, singers, directors and musicians – including Dame Malvina Major, Kimbra Johnson, Richard O’Brien, Max Cryer, the late Rob Guest and David Sidwell – our mission is to deliver the highest quality theatre experience that is recognised for its outstanding production value.

Hamilton Operatic Society is dedicated to supporting the Waikato and wider New Zealand community, offering our wardrobe to schools and community groups and providing an introduction to theatre and a training ground for many people who go on to make a career either on stage or behind the scenes. We have supported youth development with schools such as Hillcrest High, Fraser High and St Peter’s, Cambridge. In 2010 over 150 children from five different schools across the Waikato performed in our production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat and in 2012 over 100 children performed in our production of Oliver!.

The Society is made up of financial members represented by a Board of Management, who are elected annually at our Annual General Meeting. 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 to keep musical theatre alive and well in Hamilton.

Find out more about membership and other ways to get involved here.

Constitution 2017

At Hamilton Operatic Society, our mission is to:

Produce, perform, promote, organise and participate in grand operas, light operas, musical comedies, drama, ballets, pantomimes, revues, concerts and entertainment of every description for the benefit of the community.

We promote, foster and cultivate the study of, and education in, theatre and of all related crafts in the promotion of arts and cultural development.

We provide studios, workshops, rehearsal rooms, theatres and theatrical and stage equipment of every kind, for the promotion of educational and community development in the arts and culture.

We aspire to do all things incidental or conducive to the attainment of all the foregoing objects or any single one of them.

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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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Best. Show. Ever.

Loved it.


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I'm in

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It’s certainly different.

Anna Jenkinson Caro Watts!!!

How funny, just seen it yesterday in London. It's controversial and confronting and funny. About time.

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Gary Hofman is this good?


Best show ever!! Tania Lea Johnson

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