Forget the endless debate raging between Melbourne and Sydney as to which of the country’s two heavyweights holds the upper hand when it comes to all things cultural.
This weekend sees a new contender for the title that takes place in a rural paddock on a private property in northern NSW.
Opera in the Paddock will take place on Saturday, March 21 at ‘Mimosa’ near Inverell and is an experience unlike any other in a country dripping in exciting events. Picture yourself in a natural ampitheatre framed by majestic gums, a chorus of kookaburras chortling over the sound of tinkling glasses and bubbling conversation. Cue the divine strains of the most superb music ever composed, as international superstar, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, takes the stage.
You and your friends settle in to enjoy your own picnic accompanied by a world-class performance in the Australian bush. The paddock strips away all pretention, as even the most ardent non-opera-lovers find themselves swept up in the atmosphere of this unforgettable night. This is due, in part to the number of recognisable songs from much-loved musicals that make up the program.
You missed Teddy Tahu Rhodes when he starred with Lisa MacCune in South Pacific. It was impossible to get tickets for The King and I when they appeared together again and smashed all box office records at the Sydney Opera House.
Finally, here is the chance to experience Tahu Rhodes, in his only appearance in regional Australia in 2015; an opportunity that doesn’t come around every day, at an accessible price well below those charged by metropolitan venues.
Opera in the Paddock is a major regional event. The NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW is proud to have secured this exciting event for Regional NSW.
“Opera in the Paddock is an exciting event on the Regional NSW events calendar. We are proud to support this wonderful event and look forward to welcoming those visitors to the New England North West for what will be a truly unique experience,” said Sandra Chipchase, Chief Executive Officer of Destination NSW.
Tahu Rhodes will perform with a stellar line up of singers with a twenty- two orchestra, under the direction of the brilliant head of the South Australian Opera.