Four of Queensland’s favourite artists – soprano Emily Burke, mezzo soprano Victoria Lambourn, tenor Bradley Daley, baritone Shaun Brown - will take audiences on an adventure through some of opera’s most memorable scenes and solos. Conceived for smaller venues across Queensland, the performance will mix shining moments of operatic splendour with edgy cabaret-style performance at close range. The artists greet and mingle with the audience on arrival, before they gradually draw them in to a “rehearsal”, sharing the stories of the scenes they will perform. Steadily the stage is transformed by opera performers in magnificent costumes and a splash of theatre magic. Come prepared to enjoy a grand “opera house” environment and favourite characters from operas including Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto and Don Giovanni. These characters will appear in unexpected places, singing to a full bodied accompaniment of live piano enhanced by digital and pre-recorded orchestral backing. For the finale of the show the ensemble in glamorous evening dress will perform a selection of popular melodies including one song exclusive to each community pre-selected via a local campaign in each location.

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
Technical Rating
The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party

This show is self-contained, developed with smaller venues of regional Queensland very much in mind. It will tour all set pieces, costuming, props, a basic lighting rig and sound rig for use in unequipped venues or to supplement venues with limited technical equipment. In community venues no technical crew will be required from the Presenter. A local representative who knows the venue would be very helpful. In managed venues: one lighting technician required for bump in with a ‘duty technician’ available for performance and bump out. The Presenter or venue to provide, preferably, a baby grand piano, or an upright piano, where this is not possible, recently tuned. OperaQ will tour a digital keyboard for use in the event a piano cannot be supplied. Access to a loading dock preferred but, if not available, easy vehicle access to a double door opening with access to the stage environment is essential.

One of Australia’s major performing arts companies, Opera Queensland serves Metropolitan Brisbane and regional/remote Queensland through the development and presentation of a range of performance, education and engagement activities for all ages that embrace our core values of Excellence, Community and Adventure. Our Vision is a "Boundless Landscape of Opera Experiences" that reflect the richness, expanse and diversity of both the operatic art form and Queensland itself. Our Mission - "to reflect, celebrate and enrich life in our communities" - articulates the important role the company seeks to play in contemporary Queensland life.

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Unique Selling Point

This show is for anyone and everyone who wants a good night’s entertainment filled with popular operatic hits and musical numbers, and the chance to get up close and personal with some of Queensland’s very best singers. Suitable for ages 18-80. In each location this production is performed, there will be one song included in the performance, exclusive to that community, pre-selected via a local campaign in each location. Featuring popular, lighter pieces to provide plenty of laughter throughout, contrasted with breathtaking and timeless elements of sheer “swoon” and vocal beauty, it will be a musical evening to remember.

Marketing Materials

Marketing Materials will include final print-ready artwork for poster, flyers and other marketing collateral.

Community Engagement

In addition to the special 'community' moment of the inclusion of each location's pre-selected song within the performance, the key ingredient for marketing this production will be community engagement. OperaQ will collaborate with presenters wishing to bring A Night with Opera Queensland to their community to identify champions in each location committed to ensuring the success of the event. These champions could be passionate individuals, local musical or community groups, schools, local councils and business partners – even the local MPs! These champions will be identified early and OperaQ, through its Open Stage team, will work together with them and the local presenter to develop community focussed initiatives to maximise audiences and engagement with the event. These initiatives will be supported by OperaQ via PR, digital advertising, social media and website activity. In addition OperaQ will assist the local presenter’s promotional efforts through provision of materials to be used in direct communication, display and print advertising etc.