Queensland’s outdoor Opera at Jimbour returns this July in a new, all-day gala event. Produced by the Queensland Music Festival and coinciding with its 20th anniversary, it sees a line-up of Australian talent performing opera’s greatest hits – tenor Rosario La Spina, soprano Sarah Crane, mezzo Hayley Sugars and Baritone Shane Brown will be joined by Vanessa Scammell conducting the Queensland Youth Orchestra. To be held at the historic Jimbour House Estate in the Western Downs, visitors will not only take part in a celebration of music but enjoy the region’s fine wine and fresh food.
Jimbour House Estate. Photo supplied
“We are incredibly proud of our Opera at Jimbour program and are positive that both long-time patrons of the event and newcomers will be delighted with this year’s event changes and line-up of opera classics,” said Katie Noonan, Queensland Music Festival’s Artistic Director. “Music is for everyone and our carefully curated gala will be a world-class showcase of opera in one of the most picturesque settings imaginable—the warm winter sun and crisp country air on a Queensland cattle station steeped in history. We welcome everyone to come and experience the joy of music and the glorious Western Downs at this uniquely Queensland event.”
Opera at Jimbour. Photo supplied
“Opera at Jimbour is one of our favourite events, there is nothing quite like the beauty of Jimbour House and the warmth and generosity of the audiences,” said Patrick Nolan, Artistic Director of Opera Queensland which is one of the presenters of the event. “We are thrilled to bring some of Queensland’s and Australia’s finest performers together to sing operatic favourites, from Mozart to Verdi to Puccini, and more, it is going to be a great celebration of fine music amongst friends.”
Since 2003, Opera at Jimbour has attracted thousands of attendees annually and has become one of Queensland’s favourite musical events. This year sees improved sound and visuals, upgraded amenities and greater food options, with audiences able to attend the pre-show rehearsal at the beginning of the day. Jason Barry-Smith will serve as MC.
Opera at Jimbour is at the Jimbour House Estate in the Western Downs, Queensland, July 27