Sometimes it feels like a crime to go indoors when the skies are clear, even for a night at the opera. That’s why we’re taking the opera out of the theatre and onto the beach.
Picture a giant sandcastle on the beach at Coolangatta, families enjoying a picnic, children making sandcastles as the sun goes down, and miraculously beautiful music. And there you have a uniquely Australian production of one of the world’s favourite operas, Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
This new production is directed by Michael Gow and stars some of Opera Australia’s finest singers, alongside a chorus drawn from community choirs and the Gold Coast’s own surf life saving clubs.
Together, they will battle the monster, put a spell on the guards and rescue the princess, before sending you home, with stars in your eyes, sand in your shoes and songs in your heart.
Click the links below to find out more information about Opera on the Beach.
Opera Australia in partnership with Bleach* Festival, City of Gold Coast and Tourism & Events Queensland present Opera on the Beach.
Opera Australia is Australia's national opera company. To find out more about Opera Australia, visit www.opera.org.au.
Bleach* Festival is the premier arts festival on the Gold Coast, drawing its inspiration from coastal culture, specialising in site specific artistic events that respond to the natural environment as well as providing maximum participation for the community.
The Festival program is a feast of pop up art installations and exhibitions, contemporary music performances, outdoor film programs, street parties, theatre and ideas.
As the only artistic Festival to date that has been identified by the Gold Coast City Council to contribute to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Bleach* Festival continues to nurture and develop local talent, and to facilitate and curate artistic programs that provide legacy and capacity building for the Gold Coast.
On May 9, 10 and 11, Bleach* will co-present with Opera Australia, the largest cultural event that has ever been staged on the Gold Coast - the world premiere production of Opera on the Beach.
Bleach* Festival 2014 will be presented from Friday 7 March to Sunday 23 March. To find out more visit us at www.bleachfestival.com.au
LOCATION AND SEATING
Opera on the Beach is located at Greenmount Beach, Coolangatta, Gold Goast, Queensland. See our Venue Map for further information on the location.
Seating at Opera on the Beach is in three sections – Premium, A-Reserve and B-Reserve. Within those sections, seating is unreserved. The venue opens at 5.00pm so you can come early and choose somewhere to sit.
What will I be sitting on?
In the Premium section, a low-set beach chair will be provided.
Premium patrons will receive a low beach chair to sit on for the performance. A-Reserve & B-Reserve patrons may bring a similar chair to this to sit on.
In A and B Reserve, we recommend you bring a blanket or towel to sit on if you cannot bring a chair – as indicated in the picture. Please note that you won’t be able to sit on a full-sized chair or anything else that could block the view of the people behind you.
What if I need a chair?
Special areas at the edge of the seating sections will be arranged for people who cannot sit on the ground. If you need to sit in this area, you must let us know in advance. Space in this area is limited, so we ask that you only register for it if you really need to do so.
To register to sit in this section, email email@example.com or call (07) 5534 3500. Please register at least two weeks before the performance. Space is limited, so we recommend registering early.
We have a very limited number of beach wheelchairs available. To reserve one, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (07) 5534 3500.
There will be a designated holding area for all prams and similar located near the ticket office. All articles left at this location will be at the owner’s responsibility.
On the Day
So that you enjoy the entire experience, we have put together some tips to help you make the most of your night at the Opera on the Beach.
What to wear
There are no rules about what to wear at an opera performance. It is always great fun to frock-up for the occasion and make a glamorous night of it, but dressing up is not mandatory. Remember this is an outdoor event and you will be sitting on the sand so most importantly you should dress for all weather conditions.
Onsite Box Office
We encourage you when booking online to choose Print @ Home tickets as a delivery option to avoid queuing on the night for ticket collection.
If you do still wish to choose Box Office collect, your tickets can be collected for that night’s performance from 5pm at the box office located and clearly signposted near the entrance to the venue For ticket collection, valid identification (e.g. a driver’s licence or passport) will be required.
There are no cloak room facilities available. We recommend that you do not bring large or bulky items or items of significant value. Please also note that there is strictly no BYO Alcohol.
To ensure the enjoyment of all audience members, we will be unable to seat latecomers until a suitable break in the performance.
ENJOYING THE OPERA
There will be one 30 minute interval which will allow you to have a drink, freshen-up and stretch your legs. When you hear the bells ringing, it's time to return to your seats.
Opera audiences are famous for their passionate involvement in the performance. Don't be alarmed if the people around you start stomping their feet at the end of the performance, this is an opera tradition to show your enjoyment and appreciation, feel free to join in if you like. All applause will be gratefully received, although it is polite to wait until the singing and music has stopped.
The recording (audio or video) and taking of photos (including camera phones) during the performance is prohibited.
We request that mobile phones are turned off prior to the performance. If you must keep your phone turned on, please place it on silent or vibrate mode. Please also remember that light from your phone may be distracting to other audience members.
AFTER THE SHOW
Performances will finish around 8.30pm so you'll have time to enjoy a drink at any one of the on-site bar areas before heading out to enjoy the nightlife of Gold Coast. We hope you enjoy your night at the Opera on the Beach.
Leaving the Venue
Coolangatta is made up of both residential, holiday and commercial tenancies. After the site is closed there are numerous bars to visit. We do ask that once the site is closed you respect our immediate neighbours and continue the night in one of the nearby facilities.
There will be no ATM facilities available at Opera on the Beach. ATMs are located along Marine Parade.
People of all ages are welcome to attend, however all patrons must hold a valid ticket to enter the venue. Children under 15 have discounted entry – refer to ticket prices in the key information above. There is free entry for ‘babes in arms’, however, prams are not allowed on the beach.
Opera on the Beach is a non-smoking venue, however limited designated areas will be provided where smoking is permitted.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Exchange or Return of Tickets
Tickets that have been paid for cannot be refunded or returned. Changes in the cast or the programme do not entitle holders to return or exchange tickets.
Cancellation or Transfer of a Performance Conditions
Opera on the Beach is an open-air event. The venue and the stage are completely uncovered. The special nature of this event will be appreciated by visitors from all over the world who understand that there is a certain risk of bad weather. Opera Australia and Bleach* Festival are therefore committed to going ahead with a performance of Opera on the Beach even in doubtful weather conditions.
Visitors are advised that it may rain during the performance. The performance will proceed if there are light, intermittent showers. We therefore recommend that guests bring warm and rainproof clothing. Please note that although umbrellas can be brought to the site, out of consideration for other members of the audience they cannot be used during the performance.
In the case of extreme weather, The Magic Flute may be delayed by up to 70 minutes at any point throughout the performance.
The performance will only be cancelled if the weather poses a threat to the safety of performers or the audience. Cancellation will occur in the event of heavy rain and/or strong winds as Opera Australia and Bleach* Festival acknowledge that the comfort and safety of the audience and its performers are paramount.
If a performance is cancelled or plays for less than 50% of the total performance running time the ticket holder shall have the ticket price refunded in full or can exchange the ticket for a subsequent performance. Customers should contact the organisation from whom they purchased their tickets (i.e. Opera Australia /QTIX/Gold Coast Arts Centre) to organise an exchange or refund the next business day.
Auxiliary expenses including travel, accommodation are at your own risk and not refundable by Opera Australia.
A ticket is valid only when purchased from Opera Australia, through Bleach* Festival or QTIX or an authorised agent. The right of admission is reserved and event staff reserves the right to inspect bags of patrons who enter or exit the venue regardless of size.
Each individual entering the venue must have a valid ticket regardless of age. Persons aged under 15 years must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.
There are no concessions for this event.
Patrons who disrupt a performance may be ejected from the venue.
Patrons wishes to bring personal items into the venue, do so at their own risk. The event organisers will not take responsibility for any items which are lost or damaged on the site.
Patrons arriving late may not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. If a suitable break prior to interval is identified, latecomers will be seated in areas where minimal disruption will be caused to seated attendees. This is at the discretion of venue staff. Ticket refunds or exchanges are not available on the basis of late arrival.
Seating for Disabled or Less Mobile Patrons
Special areas at the edge of the seating sections will be arranged for people who are cannot sit on the ground. If you need to sit in this area, you must let us know in advance. Space is limited, so we ask that you only register for it if you really need to do so. Please bring your own chair to sit on in this area and please make sure that the back of the chair is no taller than 80 cm.
To register to sit in this section, email email@example.com, or call (07) 5534 3500. Please register at least two weeks before the performance. Space is limited, so we recommend registering early.
Food & Beverage
Only beverages purchased at the venue will be permitted into the venue – sorry, no BYO. And of course, you must be over 18 to purchase or consume alcohol at the venue. Payment will be by Cash only. Please note there will be no ATM facilities at Opera on the Beach.
BYO food will be permitted into the venue.
Opera Australia/QTIX privacy policies applies to tickets sold by Opera Australia for Opera on the Beach.
Use of Electronic Devices
Use of cameras and other recording devices during the performance is prohibited.
Right to Record or Broadcast
Opera Australia and Bleach* Festival reserves the right to record, broadcast, simulcast and photograph any performances and the venue which may include staff and the audience.