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 this 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, 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 Western Downs. There’s no event quite like Opera at Jimbour.
Gates open from 10am showcasing a huge array of local and visiting stallholders offering locally produced foods, wines and other beverages, handcrafted items and artisan wares. Please note this is a licensed event, so no BYO alcohol is permitted, but visitors may bring their own picnics.
Roving performers will be entertaining the crowd throughout the day, and event-goers are free to take in the sights of the majestic Jimbour Homestead and surrounding gardens before the show.
Western Downs Regional Council are offering FREE bus transportation from Thomas Jack Park, Dalby to the Jimbour Amphitheatre. Bookings are limited and are essential either online here or contact the Dalby Visitor Information Centre on 4679 4461 to secure your return trip. Parking is also available onsite.
If you’re looking to stay in the Western Downs, a list of accommodation providers can be found here. Chinchilla, Bell, Jandowae and Kaimkillenbun are all townships that are close to the event if you are unable to find accommodation in Dalby.
If you’re interested in flying your plane in for the event, please call Karl on 0407763547 from 10 July.
Take your Opera at Jimbour experience to the next level with a delectable Pips n Cherries Opera Luncheon Hamper for two, including an assortment of gourmet savouries, sweets and beverages. Pips ‘N’ Cherries are taking orders via phone (07) 4663 1184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hampers are $80 and can be collected from the venue on the event day.
Opera At Jimbour is presented by Queensland Music Festival, Western Downs Regional Council, Opera Queensland and Russell Pastoral.
The Queensland Government is proud to support Opera at Jimbour 2017 as part of Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.