Chris Schulz asks New Zealand's top opera trio Sol3 Mio why they are shunning the big crowds.

Glasses clink, knives and forks rattle, and young staff keep busy by pushing chairs under round tables covered in crisp black tablecloths.

It's the night before the Halberg Awards, New Zealand's sporting industry's big night, and at Spark Arena, the venue is getting a spruce-up ahead of the black-tie event.

On stage, things aren't quite so organised. As the swelling orchestral music for Ed Sheeran's I See Fire thunders through the venue, the three members of Sol3 Mio shuffle awkwardly.

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