Annabel Holland Appointed New Zealand Opera Chair

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New Zealand Opera has appointed Annabel Holland as Board Chair, replacing Philip King who is moving overseas to take on a new business role.

Annabel has been involved with New Zealand Opera since 2016 as part of a development committee, and joined the Board in early 2017. Following a Masters in Political Science and a career practising architectural design in three established Christchurch firms: Pascoe Linton, Sellars, Sheppard and Rout, and Marc Coulthard Design, she has also been a trustee and interim Chair at Christchurch’s Centre of Contemporary Art Toi Moroki.

Outgoing Chair Philip King says Annabel quickly made herself a valuable member of the NZO Board, bringing a wealth of connections in Christchurch.

“Annabel has a great passion for the arts, and opera in particular.”

Annabel says the Board thanks Philip for his enthusiasm and contribution to the Company over the past 14 years, and wishes him the best as he pursues a new opportunity in Australia.”

“This is an exciting time for me to take on the role of Chair for New Zealand Opera, as the company prepares to unveil its plans to take opera to broader audiences.

“My passion lies with engaging people to support the arts, providing opportunities for artists and in particular connecting people with the extraordinary experience of opera.”
New Zealand Opera’s The Barber of Seville begins rehearsal next week, before touring to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Tickets are on sale now.