Southern Opera   Southern Opera was founded in early 2007 just months after its predecessor Canterbury Opera went into liquidation following a 20-year history. With Canterbury audiences used to twice-yearly seasons of opera it was inevitable that Southern Opera had to be born. The need to provide our opera audience with regular access and enjoyment of the art and the desire to provide work for the Christchurch Symphony South Island singers local arts practitioners including set builders repetiteurs designers and directors were all driving factors in the decision to establish a new opera company which is run by the Southern Opera Limited. The fresh new approach of Southern Opera has quickly gained business backing. Our business and artistic plans are firmly in place and we are determined to present top quality productions within budget at regular intervals.