The opera returns to the Western Downs on Saturday 27 July with Opera at Jimbour melding high art together with fine wine, fresh food and a regional Queensland spirit of fun. An event produced by Queensland Music Festival (QMF) and presented in partnership with Opera Queensland and Western Downs Regional Council, Opera at Jimbour is now a Queensland institution.

Each year the festival brings thousands of people from across the state and beyond to celebrate music, culture and local produce at the historic Jimbour House Estate. In celebration of Queensland Music Festival’s 20th year, the 2019 event will deliver a spectacular new Gala program of opera favourites from some of Australia’s biggest stars, including internationally celebrated tenor Rosario La Spina, soprano Sarah Crane, mezzo soprano Hayley Sugars, baritone Shaun Brown and more. The line-up of talented artists will delight both aficionados as well as those new to the art form, or those just looking for a great day out with a glass of bubbles.

“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 QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan. “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.”

The new format promises a full day of entertainment with gates opening at 10am for the public to view the pre-show rehearsal, bring a picnic or feast on local cuisine and sing along to favourite opera classics before the main event begins at 2:30pm. The event will also provide free parking, free entry to children aged 12 years and younger and a range of camping and accommodation options.

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