OPERA Queensland is hitting the road this month to bring music to the far reaches of the Sunshine State.
OperaQ’s new, expansive tour will offer something unique to a dozen regional communities, with a special all-star show blending moments of operatic splendour with theatricality, backstage humour and showbiz sass. From the elegance of heritage-listed concert halls to a Roma quarry, A Night with Opera Queensland has been designed to celebrate each town’s cultural heritage while transporting audiences to a grand opera house.
The quartet of soprano Emily Burke, mezzo sopranos Victoria Lambourn, tenor Bradley Daley and baritone Shaun Brown will bring to life some of the most popular operatic characters from Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto and Don Giovanni in full costume, while other immersive performances will spill from the stage into the audience.
Emily Burke reveals what concert-goers can expect, and why a night out at the opera is as thrilling as ever.
Q: This sounds like quite a special tour. Will it take you to anywhere you haven’t visited before?
A: It’s going to be a wonderful tour – excellent artists that I’ve worked with a lot so it should be great fun. I’ve been to most of the places on various tours over the years, except Capella and Ingham so I’m excited.
Q: What do you see as opera’s place in modern society as an art form?
A: Although opera can seem old fashioned to some, I think the stories or messages still have some relevance. But more importantly, I think there is something really special about the human voice and when you get to hear it up close, it has a moving effect.
Q: Why should a non-opera fan (or someone new to opera) coming along to one of these shows?
A: Because above all it will be fun and great music, most of which people will recognise – believe me. You think you are not familiar with opera, but I bet there will be a lot of tunes you are humming in the car on the way home.
A Night With Opera Queensland comes to The Events Centre, Caloundra, on August 29. Visit http://theeventscentre. com.au/ or call 5491 4240.