Mozart's The Magic Flute; out of the theatre and onto the beach...
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 playing 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 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.
Now that’s opera, Australia!
Director Michael Gow
Set and Costume Designer Robert Kemp
Sound Designer Norwest Productions, Brisbane
Tamino Jonathan Abernethy
Queen of the Night Milica Ilic
Sarasto Conal Coad
Papageno Jason Barry-Smith
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Bleach* Festival is an initiative of Connecting Southern Gold Coast.
The Opera Australia Community Choir has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body.
FOOD & DRINKS
A range of food and beverages are available at the venue from 5pm.
This event will have a number of bars serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from 5pm to 10pm. No BYO alcohol is permitted. Opera on the Beach staff have the right to confiscate any BYO alcoholic items.
A selection of food outlets plus a coffee station will be on site operating from 5pm to 10pm. No glass, esky’s or bulky items are permitted, however, you may bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages and picnic under the stars.
Food and beverage outlets will be closed during the performances, however, there will be a 30 minute interval when purchases can be made.
We are delighted to offer you undercover, secure parking within easy walking distance of the event in Centro Tweed.
This parking is available for just $11.50 per vehicle, which includes booking fees, and can be booked in advance so that you are assured of a space before you drive to the precinct. You can purchase your Car Parking ticket along with your show ticket via the normal process above but if you have already bought your show ticket you may purchase the car parking seperately via this link below.
Pre book your car space online
If you need a car during your stay on the Gold Coast, we can recommend Thrifty.
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 more information and bookings please call 07-5570 9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.thriftyrentals.com.au and quote 4305000044 at time of booking to redeem this offer.
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 and they can be found here
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 is a Children price but no pensioner/concession price 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.
- No glass, esky’s, bulky items, BYO Alcohol permitted
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.
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.
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.
OPERA ON THE BEACH SEATING ARRANGEMENTS
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?
In the Premium section, a low-set beach chair will be provided.
In A and B Reserve, we recommend you bring a blanket ,rug , cushion 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.
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 owners responsibility .
On the night
Plenty of ushers will be present to help you find somewhere to sit. Please cooperate with the ushers as they do their best to make the evening a wonderful experience for everyone.