Opera in the outback

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Opera Queensland heads out west for 10-day festival.

Two opera performers wearing formalwear in the outback

Longreach, Winton, Barcaldine, Tambo and Windorah will take centre stage for the second Festival of Outback Opera from 18-27 May.

The festival will feature two spectacular open-sky concerts in Longreach and Winton, four performances of The Sopranos – a newly commissioned work by poet and writer Sarah Holland-Batt – Opera Queensland’s popular community singalongs Sing Sing Sing, and a program of community events and activations in outback locations.

Acclaimed soprano Greta Bradman will headline the festival and conductor Dane Lam will bring his inimitable style to the event as Music Director.

Opera Queensland CEO and Artistic Director Patrick Nolan said the Festival of Outback Opera was a unique experience.

“The festival was created to deliver exceptional performances in remote regional centres, celebrating the communities that live there and deepening the relationship between art and place and people,” Mr Nolan said.

“After the overwhelmingly positive response to last year’s festival, we realised the combination of spectacular landscapes and sublime music created a unique experience. Opera in the Outback is good for the soul.”

The festival will open with tribute to a defining moment in Queensland’s cultural history – a special Sing Sing Sing event in Winton’s North Gregory Hotel, the pub where Banjo Paterson debuted his poem Waltzing Matilda.

Other unusual locations include “jumps ups”, the Age of Dinosaurs museum and Camden Park Station.

Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said the festival would provide a boost to outback tourism.

“The 2021 festival exceeded attendance targets and activated unique and iconic local venues in Longreach and Winton,” Ms Enoch said.

“It’s great to see Opera Queensland return to communities in this region with a brand-new operatic work to strengthen partnerships with local councils, grow audiences and realise positive economic and social outcomes.”

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said May was a terrific time of year to visit Queensland’s Outback.

“The mild, sunny days and cooler evenings are ideal for exploring the outback and discovering the Festival of Outback Opera,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Opera Queensland’s festival presentation is a great opportunity to start planning your 2022 Outback Queensland winter getaway.”

View the full program and purchase tickets to the 2022 Festival of Outback Opera.

 

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