Opera on the Beach

Opera on the Beach

About

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.



Premium ticket holders will have exclusive rights to a premium bar on the beach pre-show, during interval and post-show. Their ticket will also include seating on a low beach chair.

A Reserve and B Reserve will be seated directly on the beach.

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THE CAST

Queen of the Night | Milica Ilic

Milica Ilic

Serbian-born Milica Ilic migrated to New Zealand in 1996. She commenced her musical training at a young age undertaking singing lessons with Professor David Griffiths. As a member of the Young Friends of Opera New Zealand, she performed as a soloist and in the chorus. Whilst appearing on the television series Dreams Come True, Milica met Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, which subsequently led to her participating in a weekend workshop hosted by the internationally-renowned soprano.

Milica completed a Bachelor of Music Degree at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU). She also studied German at the Goethe-Institut in Berlin (2005) and voice with Leandra Overmann (Professor of Singing at the Academy of Music in Würzburg in Germany). She has been the winner of the 2008 Australian National Eisteddfod, the Dame Joan Sutherland Vocal Competition (at the youngest recorded age of 19), the Elwyn Barber Memorial Encouragement Trophy, as well as a two-time winner of both the Margaret Nixon Vocal Competition and the South East Queensland Aria and Concerto Competition (2006 and 2008). She was also a three-time semi-finalist at the Australian Singing Competition (2002, 2003 and 2005).

Her performances have included the roles of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Cupid in Semele and Nannetta in Falstaff (for QCGU). In 2009, Milica created the role of Emma in the youth opera Dirty Apple and appeared in La traviata - both for Opera Queensland. She also sang the role of Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro for Macau International Music Festival. In 2010, Milica continued her affiliation with Opera Queensland as a Young Artist and performed in their touring production of The Merry Widow. She also performed in the Opera Gala for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and gave a private recital in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House. The following year saw many performances as soloist with the QSO.

In 2012, Milica appeared as Queen of Night in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia and covered the title role in their new production of Lucia di Lammermoor. She also took soprano solos in several concerts with the QSO and become a major recording artist with ABC Classics.

In 2013, Milica Ilic will appear as soloist with the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. Her new EP with mezzo-soprano Victoria Lambourn – Lakmé – has recently been released by ABC Classics.

Papageno | Jason Barry-Smith

Jason

A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, baritone Jason Barry-Smith studied also at the Musikhochschule in Munich in 1990. He subsequently won the 1992 MathyScholarship (Australian singing competition) and the 2001 Italian Opera Award.

His professional experience embraces opera, concertsand musical comedy. As a concert soloist, he has performed with the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, in repertoire ranging from Fauré, Haydn, Purcell, Bach and the Centenaryof Federation concerts in Brisbane, to Bernstein, Glorious Vienna and Pops Concerts, both as soloist and compere.

Jason appeared as Major General Stanley/The Pirates of Penzance,The Boatswain/HMS Pinafore, and as Count Danilo/The Merry Widow. He appeared in Kiss Me Kate at the Brisbane Festival, and sang Tony in West Side Story/Brisbane River Festival.

Following his debut for the State Opera of South Australia as Matthieu in Andrea Chenier, he returned in 2007 as Belcore in LʼElisir dʼAmore. He sang the title role in Rossiniʼs The Barber of Seville for Opera NZ Tour, premieres of modern operas Quartet 2004, and John Adamsʼ Klinghoffer 2005 for New Zealand International Arts Festivals, and Electric Lenin for NORPA (NSW), for which he won critical acclaim.

His roles for Opera Queensland include Don Giovanni, which opened the new ConservatoriumTheatre. Also Falke and Eisenstein/Die Fledermaus, Yamadori/Madama Butterfly, Guglielmo/Cosi fan tutte, Papageno/The Magic Flute, Marullo/Rigoletto, Dandini/La Cenerentola, Shaunard/La Boheme, Matthieu/Andrea Chenier, and Mercutio/Romeo et Juliette.

In recent years for Opera Qld, Jason has appeared in Fanciulla del West and Waltzing Our Matilda, as Pish Tush in Mikado, compered Sunset Opera and directed a schools production of Hansel and Gretel. He covered Starveling/Midsummernightʼs Dream for Opera Australia and isco-ordinator of Opera Qldʼs Young Artist Program.

In 2013 Jason performed Dandini in Lindy Humeʼs new production of LaCenerentola, and tours with Waltzing Our Matilda for Opera Queensland.

Jason will play the role of Papageno in Opera Australia’s unique Queensland production of The Magic Flute.

Tamino | Jonathan Abernethy

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Jonathan Abernethy began his career in arresting fashion as a boy soprano. In 2002 he joined New Zealand diva Dame Malvina Major as a soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Jewish Psalms. In the same year he was again a soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in the New Zealand Arts Festival Stadium Spectacular in Wellington.

As a young tenor, Jonathan is now capitalising on that early success. Following a 2012 recital in Wellington, the city’s Capital Times drew attention to ‘a sweet-sounding natural lyrical tenor voice with good top notes and a natural personality that is refreshing, all assets that he uses with intelligence and skill’. Two years earlier, as Alfredo in a Wellington production of Die Fledermaus, Middle C Classical Music Reviews praised his gift for using ‘what sounded like a lovely lyric tenor voice to mellifluous effect’. In July 2013, his appearance as Don Ottavio in the Opera Australia/Oz Opera touring production of Don Giovanni was hailed as ‘a standout performance’.

Jonathan was the winner of the Joan F Stevens and Opera Australia Awards at the New Zealand Singing School in Napier in 2011. Late in 2012 he was invited to join the prestigious Opera Australia Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program in Sydney. While with Opera Australia, he has sung the parts of Don Ottavio in Oz Opera’s Don Giovanni, Ruiz in Il Trovatore, Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, and appeared as a soloist at the Sydney Opera House in Australian Opera’s Great Opera Hits.

In New Zealand, Jonathan has also sung the tenor roles in such major oratorios as Haydn’s Creationand the Petite Messe Solenelle of Rossini. Prior to his move to Sydney with Opera Australia, he studied with Isabel Cunningham and Professor Terence Dennis in the renowned vocal studies department of Otago University’s School of Music. He has a degree in E-Commerce and information Systems from Victoria University in Wellington. Jonathan continues to enjoy the support and mentoring of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.

Jonathan Abernethy is a member of the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program sponsored by Australia Post

Sarasto | Conal Coad

Conal

Born in Feilding, New Zealand, Conal Coad trained in the NSW Conservatorium of music Opera School before joining Opera Australia. He made his European debut with the Opera de Wallonie and has sung with all the major companies of Belgium; in Brussels, Liege, Antwerp, Charleroi, Ghent and Bruges, in the principal bass roles. In France he has sung in Paris, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Strasbourg, St Etienne, Le Mans.

Elsewhere in Europe he has performed regularly in Hamburg, Geneva, Lisbon, Venice, Bologna, Naples and Madrid.

He has performed in the UK in Covent Garden, Holland Park Festival Opera, Garsington Festival and Opera North. Conal performs regularly in New Zealand with the national company.

Conal returns each year for Opera Australia, and has performed many roles including Fidelio, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (for which he won a Green Room Award), Lulu, Manon (also for which he won a Green Room Award), La Cenerentola, Billy Budd, The Rakes Progress, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, L’Elisir d’Amore, Arabella, Capriccio, Don Giovanni (for which he was nominated for a Helpman Award) etc. Conal also performs for WA Opera, Opera Queensland, SA Opera.

In the USA he has performed in Washington and New York. Conal has also performed in Israel in both opera and concert. Conal regularly adjudicates major singing competitions and teaches in many opera schools including The New Zealand Singing School.

Concert engagements include work with all major Australian orchestras, Israel Philharmonic, Royal Opera House, La Monnaie Brussels, SSO, NZSO, ACO, as well as festivals in France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, UK, Australia and NZ. Conal supports many charities and has been a guest artist in London (Kensington Palace), Australia, Belgium (Brussels and Mechelen), Tokyo and New Zealand.

In 2006, Conal made his directing debut for Opera New Zealand in Don Pasquale in which he also sang the title role. This production toured to all the major centres throughout the country.

In 2013 Conal performed in Don Pasquale (title role) and Albert Herring (Superintend Budd), for Opera Australia in Sydney. Future roles also include the UK and Japan, Sydney and Melbourne.

In 2014 Conal will reprieve Don Pasquale and Elixir of Love for Opera Australia as well as The Turk in Italy and Opera On The Beach, The Magic Flute, Gold Coast. Recordings/DVDs include: Mozart Bass Arias, NZ at Covent Garden, Mozart Opera Arias, My Beloved Father, Ruaumoko, Orakau (Morrison Trust), Don Giovanni (Leporello) Opera Australia and soon to be released Don Pasquale, Opera Australia.

The Creatives

Michael Gow | Director/Adaptor

Michael Gow

BACKGROUND – Sydney University. Associate Director Sydney Theatre Company 1991 – 1993. Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company from 1999 to 2010. Michael is an award-winning playwright whose works include The Kid, Away, Furious, Europe, Sweet Phoebe and Toy Symphony. He has directed for all of Australia’s major performing arts companies.

OA REPERTOIRE – Iphigénie en Tauride (Director) Sydney Sydney and Melbourne seasons. The Abduction from the Seraglio (Director) Perth and Sydney Seasons.

Robert Kemp | Designer

Robert Kemp

BACKGROUND – BA University of Sydney, Dip. Dramatic Art (Design), NIDA. Recipient of Sydney Theatre Critics Award and Matilda Award.

OA REPERTOIRE – Iphigénie en Tauride, Abduction from the Seraglio.

OTHER COMPANIES – The Give and Take, Broken Glass, Sweet Phoebe, The Visit, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Titus Andronicus, Top Girls, Time and the Room, Miss Julie, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, Racing Demon, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Hot Fudge and Ice Cream, The Secret Rapture, On Top of the World (Sydney Theatre Company; Away (Sydney Theatre Company and Pepsico Summerfare New York); over 25 productions including No Man’s Land, Let the Sunshine, The Crucible, God of Carnage, The Importance of Being Earnest, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Private Lives, The Woman Before, Away, Oedipus the King, The Goat, The Venetian Twins, The Cherry Orchard, Phedra, We Were Dancing, Messiah (Queensland Theatre Company). Measure For Measure, The Tempest (Bell Shakespeare). Numerous other productions with State Theatre Company of SA, Company B. Belvoir St, Griffin Theatre Co, Australian Theatre for Young People, Melbourne Theatre Company.

Paul Collison | Lighting Designer

Paul Collison

Paul Collison is one of Australia's leading visual designers. With over twenty years experience in a wide array of projects both domestically and internationally, Paul has an impressive list of skills that extend from lighting design, motion graphic content design, and production design .

Credits included Lighting Designer - 2011 Rugby World Cup Opening ceremony, Auckland New Zealand. Lighting Project Manager - Opening Ceremony 2010 Shanghai World Expo, China. Broadcast Lighting Consultant - 2008 Beijing Olympic Ceremonies. Consulting Lighting Designer - 2009 Chinese National Games Ceremonies. Lighting Designer Singapore National Parade 2007/8, Lighting Designer 18th Gulf Cup Opening Ceremony Abu Dhabi 2007. Consulting Lighting Designer South East Asian Games, Palembang, Indonesia 2011.

Australian credits included Lighting and Motion Graphic Design - Australia Day Celebrations 2012- Darling Harbour. Lighting Designer - Commonwealth Heads Of Government meeting (CHOGM) Opening Ceremony - 2011. Festival Lighting Designer, VIVID - Sydney Opera House 2011/12. Associate Lighting Designer - Commonwealth Games Ceremonies Melbourne 2006. Associate Lighting Designer - ARIA Awards 2002/3/4/5/8. Lighting Designer CMAA Awards 2008/9/10/11.

In 2006, Paul founded Sydney based design firm, eleven DESIGN, which specialises in large scale lighting and production design, as well as motion graphic design and creation. eleven DESIGN have been responsible for all motion graphic content design and creation on broadcast television shows such as The X Factor Australia, The Voice Australia, Young Talent Time and many other variety broadcast television events. Paul brings a keen eye for visual enhancement to every project.

Adrian Riddell | Sound Designer

Adrian Riddell

The use of audio as a creative art form is what drives Adrian in his approach to his design while delivering a balanced audio experience for all listeners. Adrian has qualified as a sound designer through his years of experience and formally through his postgraduate education of a Masters in Design Science (Audio & Acoustics) from Sydney University.

As an employee of Norwest Productions Pty Ltd for 12 years, Adrian moved up through the ranks, initially as an audio engineer, project manager, and to a senior account manager and sound designer based in the New South Wales office working on national and international projects.

Adrian’s previous experience includes associate design of the current production of South Pacific Touring Australia, the award winning annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and Australia Day Spectacular.

PRESENTING PARTNERS

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

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.

OPERA ON THE BEACH SEATING ARRANGEMENTS

Unreserved Seating

Seating at Opera on the Beach is in three sections – Premium, A and B Reserve. Within those sections, seating is unreserved. The venue opens at 5.00 pm so you can come early and choose somewhere to sit.

What will I be sitting on?

The sand!

In the Premium section, a low-set beach chair will be provided.

In A and B Reserve, we recommend you bring a blanket or towel to sit on. You may bring your own low-set beach chair, but 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. Please bring your own chair to sit on in this area and please make sure the back of the chair is no taller than 80cm.

To register to sit in this section, email info@bleachfestival.com.au or call (07) 5534 3500. Please register at least two weeks before the performance. Space is limited, so we recommend registering early.

Beach Wheelchair

We have a very limited number of beach wheelchairs available. To reserve one, email info@bleachfestival.com.au or call (07) 5534 3500.

Prams

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 owners responsibility.

On the night

Plenty of ushers will be present to help you find somewhere to sit and make sure that no one is blocking someone else’s view. Please cooperate with the ushers as they do their best to make the evening a wonderful experience for everyone.

Food and Beverage

This event will have two bars , open from 5.00 pm – 10.00 pm, selling alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages.

No BYO alcohol is permitted.

Opera on the Beach staff have the right to confiscate any BYO alcoholic items.

Food – a selection of food outlets plus a coffee station will be on site with hours from 5.00 pm – 10.00 pm.

No, glass, esky’s or bulky items are permitted.

Food and beverage outlets will be closed during performances.

SEATING PLAN

VENUE MAP

Big Picture Map – includes surrounding area, closest parking and public transport (coming soon).

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION

If you need a car during your stay on the Gold Coast, we can recommend Thrifty.

Thrifty Car Rentals Gold Coast

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The Thrifty fleet of modern vehicles includes an extensive range of cars that are amongst the youngest in the industry and offer the best value online car and truck rentals.

As the Official Vehicle Supplier to Opera on the Beach, Thrifty would like to offer ticket holders $25 off a 3 day rental. For bookings please call 07-5570 9999 or email reservations@thriftyrentals.com.au or visit their website at www.thriftyrentals.com.au and quote 4305000044 at time of booking to redeem this offer.

accommodation

Opera on the Beach is set on one of Gold Coast's most famous surf beaches – Greenmount Beach at Coolangatta.

Why not plan a visit and create a truly unforgettable experience that will linger in your memory long after the lights have gone down?

There are a number of accommodation providers that we can recommend:

Oaks Calypso Plaza Gold Coast

Oaks Calypso Plaza

Oaks Calypso Plaza is a 4.5 star resort centrally located in the heart of Coolangatta, minutes from the airport and a variety of Gold Coast attractions and is located opposite the beautiful Coolangatta Beach.

The resort features one and two bedroom self-contained apartments with full kitchen and laundry facilities, most with sheltered balconies that provide pool or hinterland views. You can enjoy the sensational lagoon style swimming pool with waterslides, surrounded by landscaped tropical gardens perfect for couples and families.

The resort facilities include:

  • A games room
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Children's wading pool
  • Fully equipped gym

Oaks Calypso Plaza is located with easy walking distance of the Opera on the Beach performance and there are many restaurants and cafes at your doorstep for you to enjoy.

For more information, or to book, visit the website

Ocean Plaza Resort, Coolangatta

Ocean Plaza

Located on the beach, Ocean Plaza Resort offers spacious apartments with beautiful ocean views. It features a heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, 2 tennis courts, games room and a fitness centre. Guests enjoy BBQ facilities and free secured parking.

All the spacious apartments at Ocean Plaza Resort – Coolangatta are fully self-contained and also includes a washer and dryer for a “home away from home” experience.

Ocean Plaza Resort - Coolangatta is located within easy walking distance of the Opera on the Beach performance.

For more information, or to book, visit the website

Reflections Coolangatta

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Reflections apartments on the Gold Coast offers luxury Coolangatta accommodation and is available in one, two or three bedroom apartments, luxury skyhomes and penthouses. The superb apartments plus modern guest facilities make Reflections Coolangatta Beach a perfect choice for both couples and families.

All accommodation in both towers feature:

  • Large balcony with ocean views
  • Ensuite and second bathroom with deep bathtub (one bathroom in 1 bedroom apartments)
  • Fully equipped gourmet kitchen with everything necessary for self catering
  • Laundry facilities with washer, dryer and ironing equipment
  • Ducted air conditioning and heating
  • Free WiFi access

Reflections Coolangatta is located with easy walking distance of the Opera on the Beach performance.

For more information, or to book, visit the website

Mantra Coolangatta Beach

Mantra Coolangatta

Located on Marine Parade in the southern end of the Gold Coast, Mantra Coolangatta offers premium holiday accommodation for couples and families looking for a relaxed beachside getaway.

With stunning views over the internationally recognised surf beaches of Kirra, Greenmount and Rainbow Bay, Mantra Coolangatta Beach is on the doorstep of a number of restaurants and bars and just 25 minutes from Surfers Paradise.

Mantra Coolangatta Beach offers 88 clean, comfortable studio rooms and one, two and three bedroom apartments, each with a private balcony and most with guaranteed ocean views.

For added convenience all rooms offer a kitchenette or full kitchen and laundry facilities and in-house movies are offered for round the clock entertainment.

With fresh bright decor Mantra rooms and apartments create a relaxed and comfortable environment to retire to after a busy day exploring Coolangatta and the Gold Coast.

Mantra Coolangatta is located with easy walking distance of the Opera on the Beach performance.

For more information, or to book, visit the website

MINT COOLANGATTA POINTS NORTH APARTMENTS

Points North

Located overlooking Coolangatta Beach on the Gold Coast, Mint Coolangatta Points North Apartments is a four star self-rated property offering one, two and three bedroom apartments, plus a rooftop four bedroom penthouse apartment.

Each fully self-contained apartment features full kitchen and laundry facilities, spacious balconies with stunning ocean or hinterland views and a choice of recreational facilities including a heated pool & spa, children’s wading pool, full size tennis court, games room, a complimentary undercover car space and a choice of restaurants located right at your doorstep.

For more information or to book, visit the website.

Outrigger Twin Towns Resort

Outrigger

Outrigger Twin Towns Resort is a prestigious 4.5 Star property overlooking the pristine beaches of the Southern Gold Coast, Tweed River and the picturesque Hinterland. The resort is located on the doorstep of the Twin Towns Club and only metres from the beach.

The resort boasts stylishly appointed hotel rooms and fully self-contained one, two and three bedroom suites. The resort features:

  • Two pools
  • Spas
  • Two tennis courts
  • Mini golf course
  • Games room
  • Gymnasium
  • Steam room
  • Outdoor barbeque areas
  • Business Centre
  • State of the art conference facility.

We look forward to providing our guests with an exceptional holiday experience in our relaxed beach-style holiday getaway, close to world-class surfing beaches, hinterland wineries, river tours and all the excitement the Gold and Tweed Coasts have to offer. To find our more or to book, visit the website.

THE SEBEL - Coolangatta - Premier apartments

Sebel

With superb views overlooking Kirra, Coolangatta and Greenmount beaches the Sebel Coolangatta is the ideal destination for sunny weekend retreats, care free family holidays, business travel, relaxed celebrations and special event weekends. The Sebel is unique in that it’s only a short drive from the international and domestic airport and just a stroll to the beach.

The Sebel features contemporary, spacious and deluxe accommodation in your choice of a one, two or three bedroom apartment with views looking out to the sea and the adjacent Kirra hill.

The apartments are large, well appointed and feature a full kitchen with a full range of equipment. Recreational facilities include a very large heated lagoon style pool, Indoor spa pool and sauna and a well-equipped gymnasium.

For more information or to book visit the website

Other Accommodation providers can be found at: http://www.southerngoldcoast.com.au/accommodation/

WET WEATHER

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 is therefore committed to going ahead with a performance of Opera on the Beach even in doubtful weather conditions.

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.

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 strong winds as Opera Australia and Bleach* Festival acknowledges that the comfort and safety of the audience and its performers are paramount.

The event may be cancelled at 5.00pm if the Bureau of Meteorology advises that extreme conditions will prevail throughout the intended time for the performance. The performance may also be cancelled between 5.00pm and 6.30pm, or even after the show has commenced. If the performance is cancelled prior to interval, customers will be entitled to an exchange or refund. If the performance is cancelled during or after interval customers will not be entitled to exchange or refund.

Customers should contact the organisation from whom they purchased their tickets to organise a refund or exchange.

BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE SHOW

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.

Cloak Room

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.

Seating

Opera on the Beach is General Admission with allocated reserves. There is no undercover seating. Please remember that unless you have purchased premium seating you will be sitting on the beach.

Beach mats, towels, blankets and the ground beach chairs are permitted for you to bring to sit on for the performance.

Camping chairs will not be permitted on site.

Late Seating

To ensure the enjoyment of all audience members, we will be unable to seat latecomers until a suitable break in the performance.

Service of alcohol

Premium Ticket Holders will receive a ticket to an exclusive Premium Bar area located on the beach. This exclusive area will be opening during interval and post show for the Premium guests.

A and B reserve will have access to two bars on site, these bars are not exclusive to the ticket holder.

Restricted Seating will have access to one of three bars located across the site. These bars are not exclusive to the ticket holder but will have a number of Food and Beverage options available at affordable prices.

Additional Information

Only beverages purchased at the venue will be permitted – sorry, no BYO. And of course, you must be over 18 to purchase or consume alcohol at the venue. Payment will be accepted Cash only. Please note there will be no ATM facilities at Opera on the Beach.

Dining

For your convenience a selection of food outlets plus a coffee station will be on site with hours from 5.00 pm – 10.00 pm. No glass, esky's or bulky items are permitted.

Food and beverage outlets will be closed during performances.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before purchasing dining packages.

ENJOYING THE OPERA

Interval

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.

Applause

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.

Recording

The recording (audio or video) and taking of photos (including camera phones) during the performance is prohibited.

Mobile phones

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

Afterwards

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.

SPONSORS

Opera Australia and Bleach* Festival would like to acknowledge the contribution and support of our sponsors:

Strategic Partners:

Cogc2 TEQ2

Founding Partner:

IFAC2

Major Partner:

GU2

Airline Partner:

Qantas_1

Opera Australia Principal Partner:

Mazda3

Opera Australia Government Partners:

AUSGOV2

Distinguished Partners

Twin Towns

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Associate Partners

Burleigh brewing

airport

Partners

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showcaseootb

sirromet

thrifty

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Media Partners:

Avant

NBN

Gold FM

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TICKETING AND GROUP BOOKINGS

There are various ticket options available for Opera on the Beach, including discounts for children under 15 and for group bookings.

For ticketing information and to book, click the BUY TICKETS BOX or contact QTIX for group bookings:

Group Bookings
QTIX Phone: +61 7 3840 7466
QTIX Fax: +61 7 3010 6268
QTIX Email: groups@qtix.com.au

QTIX Groups is open Monday - Friday 9:00 - 17:00

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ATMs
There will be no ATM facilities available at Opera on the Beach. ATMs are located along Marine Parade.

Age Limits
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.

Non-Smoking Venue
Opera on the Beach is a non smoking venue, however limited designated areas will be provided where smoking is permitted.

Full Terms and Conditions
Please read our full Terms and Conditions before purchasing your tickets.

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.

Admission
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.

Late Arrivals
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 info@bleachfestival.com.au, 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.

Privacy Policy
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.