Audiences in Sunnybank, Sandgate, Caloundra, St George, Monto, Bundaberg, Gladstone, received the performance with raving reviews proving to be a successful start to the tour. While the remaining communities in Proserpine, Ingham, Hughenden and Mount Isa eagerly await the company's arrival.
OperaQ’s new, expansive regional tour offers something unique to each of the 12 communities, with a special all-star show blending moments of shining operatic splendour with theatricality, backstage humour and showbiz sass, all performed at close range in some of Queensland’s most unique venues.
From the creamy elegance of the heritage-listed Sandgate Town Hall tothe backdrop of sprawling lilypads at Ingham’s TYTO Amphitheatre and the stark beauty of a quarry outside of Roma,ANight with Opera Queensland has been lovingly designed to celebrate each town's cultural heritage, while transporting audiences to a grand opera house.
Concerts include community choruses in Sunnybank, Caloundra and Mount Isa and in Bundaberg at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, $2 from every ticket will go towards the ‘Our Glad Society’, commemorating national treasure Gladys Moncrieff – a soprano born in 1892 in Bundaberg, who is still revered as the ‘queen of song’.
Featuring some of the state’s most adored artists, including soprano Emily Burke, tenor Rosario La Spina and baritone Shaun Brown, the tour will include popular, lighter pieces, snappy Broadway favourites and traditional grand opera. The quartet of singers will bring to life some of the most popular operatic characters from Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto and Don Giovanni, in full costume and with atmospheric lighting, while immersive performances will spill from the stage to the audience.
OperaQ Artistic Director Lindy Hume said that audiences for A Night with Opera Queensland will enjoy meeting these opera artists in a surprising range of modes, from relaxed backstage mode to the high drama of a grand opera performance.
“A Night with Opera Queensland will evolve from a purposefully chaotic opening to culminate in grand operatic splendour worthy of any stage,” Ms Hume said.
“Audiences will love the ‘Champagne Song’ from Die Fledermaus, pay homage to Gladys Moncrieff in Lehár’s ‘The Merry Widow Waltz’, and the elegant duets of classics likeThe Pearlfishers,Lakmé, andLa bohème,performed in gala glamour.