Our Tour Leaders

All of our tours are led by academics and experts in their field who will share their passion and knowledge with you in lectures, talks and throughout the tour. Click on their profile to find out more about them.

Heath Lees

Heath Lees is Emeritus Professor of Music at Auckland University, and divides his year equally between New Zealand and France. Heath has presented many arts programmes on television, including the music series Opus, and the weekly arts show Kaleidoscope. In 1994, Heath founded the Wagner Society of New Zealand.

Heath has lectured on musical subjects in general, and Wagner in particular, in the UK, France, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. As a writer, he has published many books and articles on different musical influences in literary works, including, most recently, Mallarmé and Wagner: Music and Poetic Language, which deals with Wagner’s influence on the French poet Mallarmé.



I cannot imagine anyone more talented, enthusiastic and inspiring!”
Lyn H. | Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Melbourne 2018


Heath couldn’t have been better – provided helpful information and wittily told.”
Annie G. | Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Melbourne 2018