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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | June 28, 2022

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Come and Enjoy The Festival of Outback Opera

Come and Enjoy The Festival of Outback Opera
Halimah Miftah

The opera is coming to Queensland, to a town near you! Have you always wanted to see it? Take advantage of this unique opportunity and see for yourself the grandeur and splendour of an operatic experience. Not just any opera experience mind you, like one set inside a theatre. Instead, it is one that is set outside, in the cool evening air, against the backdrop of the outback and the night sky, making this the perfect date night for you and a loved one.

The Festival of Outback Opera is a wonderful opportunity to show Queensland that opera as an art form is not confined to theatre stages in capital cities,” said Opera Queensland Artistic Director & CEO Patrick Nolan.

The festival will take place over a span of eight days, 19 – 27 May, at a number of rural towns, including Longreach, Barcaldine and Windorah.

You will enjoy music from some of the most respected operatic music composers, such as Handel, Verdi and Puccini and songs from cherished musicals such as My Fair Lady, South Pacific and Fiddler on the Roof. These acts will be headed by a variety of talented opera singers, especially that of New Zealand-born bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes.

“Teddy is one of the great voices of contemporary opera and has amassed a legion of fans for his iconic leading performances in productions of Don Giovanni and Tosca, as well as a dazzling career in the musicals. Anyone who can make it to the outback for the festival is in for the experience of a lifetime,” said Mr Nolan.

But most of all, what better moment to experience the opera when a multitude of Queensland opera singers will be performing too. These talented Queensland opera singers are Eva Kong (The Marriage of Figaro; A Flowering Tree), Kang Wang (Opera Queensland Under the Stars), Xenia Puskarz Thomas (Opera Queensland Under the Stars) and Jason Barry-Smith.

Opera Queensland is presenting The Festival of Outback Opera in association with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. The Festival of Outback Opera is funded under the Year of Outback Tourism Events Program. It is also partnered with the Australia Council for the Arts and the Queensland Government. ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ is proudly supported by Beef 2021 Rockhampton Australia.

A COVID Safety Plan will be in place that attendees must adhere to, but attendees must still accept that there still will be a risk of COVID transmission. Although masks are not mandatory, they are still recommended.

What The Festival of Outback Opera
When 19 – 27 May, 2021
Where Longreach, Winton, Barcaldine, Blackall and Windorah towns
How Much Many of the events are free, but the ones that aren’t, tickets can range from $10 – $49 + booking fees.

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