AUDITION INFO RELEASED!
This week, we excitedly unpacked our costumes for Madama Butterfly which arrived all the way from Houston after 3 weeks in transit.
It’s that time of year again! For our final news story for 2015 we wanted to share the Christmas spirit and give you a sneak peek behind the scenes of…
David is a local artist who has performed all over the world. Since returning to Australia in 1994, he has appeared with all the leading opera companies and concert organisations. In 2015 he performed in La traviata for Opera Queensland, and in 2016 he will take the role of Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville.
More than 250 Queenslanders will learn to sing opera and dance the fandango for a new touring production of Gioacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville when Opera Queensland’s groundbreaking community initiative returns in 2016 as ‘Project Rossini’.
Butterfly, Barber and bubbles! Artistic Director Lindy Hume shares the highlights of the 2015 OperaQ Gala.
The 2015 OperaQ Gala is officially SOLD OUT!
The National Opera Review discussion paper is out and offers a comprehensive analysis of the serious challenges facing the industry. Opera Queensland will be responding in detail in the next four weeks but in the meantime please see our media release here…
Champagne, a harp, Rossini, a DJ, Donizetti and a waterfall…no, this is not an eclectic game of charades but OperaQ’s Cloud Song! Last night, Sunday 30 August, hundreds of audience members were delighted with incredible performances by OperaQ favourites Jason Barry-Smith, Katie Stenzel, Sam Hartley, Monique Latemore, Virgilio Marino and Sean Andrews, DJ sets by Dr. Toby Gifford […]
As a part of Opera Queensland’s ongoing commitment to ensure opera is accessible for all Queenslanders we are delighted to announce the release of $25* tickets for Verdi’s Macbeth. Thanks to our friends and partners at Brisbane Festival a limited number of these tickets will be released, don’t miss this thought provoking and challenging new opera work.
On Saturday night we bid Candide bon voyage with a spine-tinglingly emotional, powerhouse performance. People cried, wolf-whistled and screamed for the artists and rockstar musicians of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra led by the phenomenal Paul Kildea.
Last weekend Opera Queensland joined forces with Childers Festival for the second year running to facilitate a series of school and community workshops. From humble beginnings as a food and wine fair drawing 5,000 people, Childers Festival is now a major cultural event on the Queensland and Australian events calendar attracting crowds of over 50,000 festival goers annually. This […]
Last Saturday 25 July, 7,500 people converged on the sunbathed grounds of historic Jimbour House to see Opera Queensland artists and the OperaQ Toowoomba Community Chorus perform a semi-staged production of Fledermaus with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and guest artists from Camerata of St Johns.
REVIEWS ARE IN FOR CANDIDE! With only 4 shows left – don’t miss this phenomenal production!
Artistic Director Lindy Hume and our Candide artists warmly welcomed Opera Queensland Patrons and Opera Club members into the studio last week for a sneak peek into Candide rehearsals – and…
Did you hear our Artistic Director today on ABC Radio?
Today OperaQ has released the second half of our 2015 season, including 1,200 $25 tickets to Candide, building on the success of early 2015 which has already resulted in thousands of Queenslanders coming to see us perform for the first time.
Last night the 2015 Helpmann Award nominees were revealed and we are delighted to announce that Opera Queensland is in the running for two categories.
Are you a shower soprano? Love singing in the car? If you’ve always dreamed about singing in a professional production, this is your chance!
Following the unprecedented success of last year’s Project Puccini, Opera Queensland is giving Queenslanders in the Toowoomba area the chance to join the chorus for this year’s Opera at Jimbour.
OperaQ welcomed over 1000 opera newcomers to La traviata!
At last night’s Annual General Meeting Opera Queensland announced its best financial result since 2007, with the company on track to realise its ambitious long-term goals of financial sustainability and building new audiences.
On Saturday morning 9 May, nearly 400 people were delighted with a show of popular arias and heartwarming melodies from OperaQ favourites, Emily Burke and Hayley Sugars.
With glowing reviews just in, there’s a lot of love for La traviata and a certain lady in red capturing hearts far and wide…
With 6 sleeps till Opening Night, the La traviata artists are now dressed to the nines in rehearsal on the Lyric stage. Costumes are stunning – glittering gowns and sharp dinner suits – lit from above by seven sparkling chandeliers.
This morning we announced the winners of the OperaQ Ultimate Champagne Experience. Are you one of them?
Romance will bloom, love will explode and YOUR heart will shatter if you miss out on the chance to try opera for $25.
Opera Queensland is excited to announce that one of Australia’s best-loved sopranos, Amelia Farrugia, will join the cast of Candide to sing the role of Cunegonde for which Rachelle Durkin had originally been contracted. Rachelle has asked to withdraw from the role as she is pregnant with her baby due in the Candide rehearsal period this June.
Lindy Hume on why La traviata still moves her to tears.
Be among the first to access $25 tickets!
Did you love Cloud Song? Artist line up and photos are here!
Lindy Hume on ABC Radio: “I believe very strongly in the role of a state opera company and democratising this amazing artform and getting it out to as many people as we possibly can.”
AND WE’RE NOT TELLING! Cloud Song is a brand new event designed to take its audience on a journey like no other. To expect the unexpected, the program must be kept under wraps so that each magical moment can unfold by surprise. The stylish Sunday session will see guests sip on champagne and indulge in […]
In 2015 our friends at QPAC are offering 20to20 – a fantastic opportunity if you’re aged 20 or under to come along and see the best in dance, drama, opera, classical and more for just $20 a ticket.
This afternoon we welcomed sunny Spanish madness into the OperaQ Studio. Based on Rossini’s Barber of Seville, The Adventures of Figaro is a colourful riot of song, live music and physical theatre featuring the King of charisma, Jason Barry-Smith with a dynamic ensemble of celebrated Queensland performers.
Welcome to the Gold Coast – the democratic new opera capital of Australia.
What do vintage lampshades, seductive tunes, twinkling stars, jazz and powerhouse vocals have in common? Studio 4101.
OperaQ is calling for expressions of interest from primary schools around greater Brisbane for Sing Story, our brand new series of free music workshops allowing more than 1,000 children the chance to experience the joys of musical theatre.
From the moment I began as Artistic Director of OperaQ I have wanted to turn our vast and spectacular South Bank rehearsal studio – til now a hidden treasure – into a public space.
A new pop-up performance space in South Bank.
OperaQ’s 2014 wardrobe sale was a huge success with hundreds of special costumes finding new homes. On 31 January 2015, the company will hold a last chance sale for the remaining items.
HOT OFF THE PRESS – former OperaQ Young Artist, Kiandra Howarth stunned London audiences as Adina in L’elisir d’amore at The Royal Opera House last night.
OPERAQ IS THROWING OPEN THE DOORS TO ITS INCREDIBLE WARDROBE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE COMPANY’S 33 YEAR HISTORY FOR A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME COSTUME SALE.
In a bold response to the pressures opera is facing around the world, Opera Queensland has unveiled a 2015 season that will take the 400-year old art form into new venues and pop-up spaces, and create thousands of opportunities for people to see a performance for the first time or even become part of it.
Artistic Director, Lindy Hume delivers a keynote speech at The 2014 Regional Arts Australia Summit in Kalgoorlie: “I’m probably one of the few leaders of Australia’s 28 MPA companies who actually lives in regional Australia. That’s where I’m most at home and where my heart is, but I love urban life too…”
Guided by Artology and Opera Queensland, a team of 33 talented teenagers and 5 professionals have reinvented Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s gothic novel into a daring new stage adventure, combining physical theatre, music, video and other art forms.
The cast, orchestra and crew have flown home, the set and costumes are in storage, and the final tragic chords of La bohème have finally ebbed away…but there are people all around Queensland whose lives have been changed by this extraordinary project.
I’m in “The Isa” for the last hurrah of the crazy-brave adventure that has been OperaQ’s Project Puccini, and I’m thrilled to crow that our improbably ambitious journey across regional Queensland, incorporating a total of 384 local choristers into our beautiful new production of Puccini’s La bohème, has been an unqualified success.
With the Brisbane season of La bohème in its final week, regional choruses around Queensland are making their final preparations to take to the stage in their cities.
Four shows in and we’re wrapped with reviews of our brand new production of La boheme. With stellar praise from The Australian, The Sunday Mail, Courier Mail, Limelight Magazine, Stage Whispers and Arts Hub – this show is a must see!
Today we welcomed our fantastic La bohème company to the OperaQ Studio. The team will rehearse for one month before the production makes its Brisbane debut on Saturday, 12 July at the Conservatorium Theatre in Brisbane.
We believe great music enriches us, individually and as a community. We believe a vibrant arts scene is the lifeblood of a progressive society. We believe Queensland audiences deserve an opera company of the highest standard, a company that serves the whole of Queensland, and that opera must flourish for future generations to experience.
Our intrepid Project Puccini team have spent the last two months travelling to eight regional centres throughout Queensland to search for local chorus members for our upcoming production of La bohème.
Lindy Hume’s production of Rigoletto opened at the Lyric Theatre QPAC on Saturday, 15 March.
The OperaQ Studio is singing again as the cast and creatives of Rigoletto have joined us to commence rehearsals.
Project Puccini is a world-first initiative by Opera Queensland, which gives hundreds of Queenslanders the opportunity to perform in the chorus of a brand new production of Puccini’s La bohème.
FiZZ!, a fresh and imaginative new Primary Schools touring production based on Donizetti’s much-loved opera The Elixir of Love is selling fast throughout Queensland.
The final Community Workshop in the OperaQ Studio for 2013 saw 30 participants, aged from 13 to 81, come together for a week of music, drama, movement, fun and self-discovery.