Queensland Music Festival partners with Opera Queensland for this festival favourite, Opera at Jimbour.
Now one of Queensland’s truly iconic musical performances, Opera at Jimbour attracts audiences in their thousands to the fantastic location of Jimbour Station. Where else can you picnic with a magnificent sandstone mansion in the background, listening to opera!
In 2017, Opera at Jimbour will be a semi-staged presentation of Franz Lehár’s bubbly operetta The Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe) featuring the irrepressible Emily Burke in the title role, and Australia’s favourite leading man David Hobson as Count Danilo.
They will be joined by Hayley Sugars and Virgilio Marino as secret lovers Camille and Valencienne, and some of Queensland’s leading opera performers, with the Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra and Opera Queensland’s Toowoomba Community Chorus.
The Merry Widow is the fabulously wealthy Hannah Glawari, a former commoner who has been left a huge fortune by her aristocratic, recently deceased husband. Now back in her impoverished home country, she finds herself the center of attention for dozens of suitors (but not the one she truly desires, her bad-boy ex, Count Danilo). Eventually Hannah makes Danilo bury his pride and admit he’s still in love with her, and on a magical night in Paris, the two fall into each other’s arms…
The Merry Widow is full of romance and wonderful popular melodies including “Vilia”, “You’ll Find Me at Maxim’s”, and the haunting “Merry Widow Waltz”.
And next year we want you all to sing! Be there for a pre – show rehearsal, learn the words and music, and join in the “Vilia” chorus. And following the success of Fledermaus in 2015, next year there’ll be another chance to waltz the afternoon away in the world’s biggest ballroom!
Pack your picnic basket, warm up your vocal chords, put on your dancing shoes and enjoy your trip to the picturesque Darling Downs. There’s no event quite like Opera at Jimbour.