An event produced by Queensland Music Festival since 2003, 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 under the Western Downs winter sun.
Located on the glorious grounds of the iconic Jimbour House, Opera at Jimbour promises a full day of magnificent fun for the whole family. Melding high art with fine wine, fresh food and a regional Queensland spirit of fun, Opera at Jimbour is a full day of entertainment for the entire family. Stroll through the carefully crafted market stalls, pack a picnic or enjoy the tastefully curated menu of food and wine on offer, direct from the local region.
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 celebrated tenor Simon Kim, soprano Sarah Crane, mezzo soprano Hayley Sugars, baritone Shaun Brown and more. The line-up of talented artists will surprise and delight both aficionados as well as those new to the artform, or those just looking for a great day out with a glass of bubbles.
The event also welcomes renowned conductor Vanessa Scammell as well as Queensland opera favourite Jason Barry-Smith as the event’s MC and director, and the celebrated Queensland Youth Orchestra.
“We are incredibly proud of our Opera at Jimbour program and are positive that both longtime 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 under 12 and a range of camping and accommodation options creating a country weekend away for families like no other.
Improved sound and visuals, upgraded amenities, more food options, better transport and facilities management are just some of the improvements put in place at this year’s festival, designed to maintain a high-end patron experience while retaining an affordable, family friendly and truly unique Western Downs experience.
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