Sold-out concert of New Zeland Symphony Orchestra took place at Michael Fowler
Centre in Wellington on June 26. This is the first concert with a full concert
audience and orchestra after COVID-19 lockdown in the world.
On 8 June, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the country had no
active cases of COVID-19, meaning that all social distancing regulations could
be lifted. After that, all orchestras and ensembles were allowed to resume
playing in their normal formations.
The Orchestra under the baton of Hamish McKeich performed works by G. Bizet, G.
Verdi, G. Puccini, R. Strauss, M. Rika, Tomoana. The soloists for this
historical concert were Eliza Boom (soprano), Simon O'Neill (tenor), Maisey Rika
(vocals), Horomona Horo (taonga pūoro), Voices New Zealand.