Picture a starlit night, a paddock framed by majestic gum trees and an audience enchanted by the strains of opera and classical music soaring through the night air. A stellar cast of nationally and internationally renowned singers, accompanied by the Mimosa Orchestra and Chorus perform excerpts of opera, operetta and musicals, creating a simply unforgettable experience.
With its picturesque bush setting and superb natural acoustics, Opera in the Paddock has developed from humble beginnings in 2002 to become a major cultural attraction for the region. Held at “Mimosa” near Inverell, NSW, this uniquely Australian experience draws audiences from throughout the state and metropolitan areas, as well as interstate and overseas.
Many elements combine to create a magical experience.
“What makes the night so unique is the relaxed and festive atmosphere. The audience is invited to bring along their own picnics and wine, which really sets the tone to enjoy the superb musical entertainment in a stunning backdrop,” states Artistic Director, Peta Blyth.
Opera in the Paddock enters its second decade with a number of new faces on stage for its concert at Mimosa, Delungra, near Inverell on Saturday March 24 and Twilight Recital at the Inverell Town Hall on March 23. Opera Australia, is once again the Performance Partner and is sponsoring the conductor and pianist, Phoebe Briggs for the performances.
Sopranos Jacqueline Mabardi and Peta Blyth, mezzo sopranos Elizabeth Campbell and Elizabeth Lewis, tenor James Egglestone, baritone Barry Ryan are the artists for both the Twilight Recital and the Opera event.
Brisbane born Mabardi will sing the title role in Aida for Opera Australia next year and Egglestone is taking the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne. Barry Ryan has performed with most of Europe’s leading houses and continues his career with Opera Australia.
The program will include excerpts from Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Aida, Puccini’s Tosca and Madama Butterfly, as well as a selection from well known operetta and musicals. The singers will be accompanied by the Mimosa Orchestra and the Mimosa Chorus.
“If you judge the success of an event on the lengths that people will go to attend; the distances they travel and the fact that they return year after year, then there is no doubt that we have created something very special” says Mrs Blyth.
If you have not had the opportunity to experience this night of magic under the stars, don’t miss it this year. Bookings online or ph 1800 240 301. www.operainthepaddock.com.au
Bush camping available on site.