She was in the city as part of a Ryman Healthcare national tour and performed for residents and guests at Rowena Jackson Retirement Village.
She said the last time she was down south was five years ago when she performed with Will Martin, so she was pleased to be back.
The classical crossover singer and Royal New Zealand Navy reservist, who sings a mixture of classical, opera, show tunes and other favourites such as Vera Lynn, has been in the spotlight recently, especially since performing the national anthem at Gallipoli during Anzac commemorations in 2014 and last year. She has also sung national anthems at international rugby matches.
‘‘I’m a classical singer, but I sing everything.’’
Nelson said she was enjoying the opportunity to tour the country and share her journey through song.
During performances she spoke about how she started out busking, spent time living in Dublin, and her military career.
‘‘This show is basically about who I am and how I’ve achieved everything I’ve wanted to do.’’
Nelson said she also enjoyed hearing stories from the people she met during the tour, including a 92-year-old Lancaster bomber veteran in Dunedin.
‘‘I love the people. They love all the music, and it’s bringing back some of the songs that aren’t really sung any more.’’
For information about future tours go to rebeccanelson.co.nz.