IT'S one of the region's premier cultural events and this year large crowds from near and far are once again set to flock to the bush for a spectacular day of opera, and fine food and wine.
Jimbour Station will fill with the sound of music when Western Downs Regional Council, along with Opera Queensland and the Russell Pastoral Company, stages Opera at Jimbour on July 22.
Opera at Jimbour is a free biennial event which has been running since 2003.
Prominent Australian tenor and composer David Hobson will take to the stage with Emily Burke in the title role to perform Franz Lehar's operetta, The Merry Widow.
Western Downs Regional Council are honoured to partner with the likes of Queensland Music Festival, Opera Q and Jimbour Station to host this unique and iconic event, Council Spokesperson for Economic Development Donna Ashurst said.
"Opera at Jimbour is an opportunity for our communities to showcase what we have to offer, boosting our regional economy and increasing tourism, as well as providing a cultural experience usually reserved for major cities,” she said.
"Not only will visitors come to see the opera but they'll contribute back into the region by staying in our hotels, dining at our pubs, clubs, and restaurants and shopping at our local businesses.
"This year's event is set to be bigger and better, with Council's Major Events Team going above and beyond to expand Opera at Jimbour into an event that caters for everyone from your opera fans to your foodies and to families looking for a great day out.”
Cr Ashurst said that Opera at Jimbour is a "bucket list event”, and isn't just for opera fans.
"With food, wine, market stalls and roving entertainment the event offers something for everyone,” she said.
"There's nothing quite like sharing a great picnic with friends while listening to world-class opera with the grand Jimbour House and gardens as your backdrop.
"With plenty of time before the show, why not explore the grounds and browse the huge variety of local produce, hand-crafted goods and artisan wares on offer.”
Cr Ashurst said visitors to the event are more than welcome to bring along their own picnic, or choose from one of the many food vendors.
"There will be over 90 vendors joining us at the Opera at Jimbour, and we're excited to be able to bring patrons a wide variety of locally produced foods, from gourmet soups, wood fired pizzas and delicious desserts” she said.
Maguire Coaches are offering ticketed bus services to and from Jimbour House for residents and visitors in Miles and Chinchilla.
Head to the @operaatjimbour Facebook page for more information.
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