Ancient and alluring, Undara Volcanic Park in the Gulf Savannah country is the spectacular setting for one of Australia’s most unusual operatic performances. For three nights each year this eerily beautiful landscape becomes a stage for some of Australia’s most accomplished operatic performers. Now in it’s 16th year, Opera in the Outback returns to the Ooramian Place amphitheater this October, to once again entertain audiences.
General Manager of Undara Experience and self-confessed opera lover, Ivor Davies said the event is important for not only Undara, but also the region. “The people who regularly attend this event come back every year to not only enjoy the opera but they find the setting at Undara very relaxing as well,” Mr Davies said.
This year audiences to the North Queensland region’s musical event can expect a different program over each of the three nights, with an optional three course dinner following each performance.
Managing Director of Undara Experience, Bram Collins thinks everyone should experience opera at Undara. “Our best form of advertising for Undara is word of mouth and we want everybody who has attended in the past to revisit with friends who haven’t yet had the opera experience at Undara. This is such a unique experience, it is something you should enjoy with your closest family and friends,” Mr Collins said.
For those who aren’t yet true opera converts, the popular Jazz Night show offers cabaret style performances and theatre. Opera Bites presents an engaging and informative journey through operatic history in Around the World of Opera, whilst a fully-costumed performance of Otto Nicolai’s hilarious opera The Merry Wives of Windsor promises to be a memorable evening.
Opera in the Outback runs from October 6 to 8. For more information or to book, visit the Undara website or contact 1800 990 992.
Words by Kara Holland
Image supplied by Opera Bites