Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017

Over Queen’s Birthday weekend Frances Wilson was appointed Officer of New Zealand, Order of Merit Internationally recognised in the field of Bel Canto singing, Frances Wilson-Fitzgerald gives all her time to develop and coach talented young Kiwi singers – a work that has been acknowledged with her appointment as an ‘Officer of New Zealand, Order of Merit’ (ONZM) on Queens Birthday, 5 June 2017. The director and cofounder of the Auckland Opera Studio, along with Dr John Peebles, Frances is one of the names behind many of New Zealand’s foremost young artists now on the international stage, including Marlena Devoe, Sole Mio (Sol3 MIO) brothers Pene, Amitai Pati, and renowned operatic tenor Simo