Opera at Jimbour
Queensland Music Festival (QMF) is a biennial state-wide celebration of music, a major cultural and artistic success story with a national and international reputation, and an unparalleled geographic reach.
The Event will return to Jimbour again in July 2017.
Every second year, over 17 days in July, the best of local, national and international talent perform every conceivable style of music to Queenslanders from all walks of life, in Brisbane, and in regional and remote centres from Thursday Island to the Gold Coast.
Since 2003, the Queensland Music Festival’s popular Opera at Jimbour concert series has drawn huge “picnic and blanket‟ audiences to Jimbour.
In 2003 the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Stephen Mould accompanied stars from the Australian Opera performing selected items from opera and Broadway.
The 2005 Opera was the first to be held in the new amphitheatre, which was opened on the occasion by Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile. Ding Yi, Lucas de Yong, Deborah Humble and Judith Henley performed with the Brisbane Philharmonci Orchestra under the direction of Roland Peelman works from Puccini, Bizet, Delibes and Mascagni and others.
In 2007 Stephen Mould conducted the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra with performances by Sarah Crane, Deborah Humble, Rosario La Spina and David Hibbard.
The 2009 Opera at Jimbour saw the commencement of the association of the Noonan family (Maggie, Brian Katie, and Tyrone – the last two of “George” fame) with Jimbour, with a (then) record attendance of 8,500. The production was led by Barry Otto as compere and Guy Noble conducting the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. The repertoire included the letter duet from the Marriage of Figaro, the famous Lakme duet by Delibes, and Un bel di from Madama Butterfly.
The 2011 production was so large it required an extension of the stage at the Amphitheatre.
More than 180 artists from The Queensland Choir and the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra shared the stage for the concert‟s spine-tingling finale – Carl Orff‟s masterpiece Carmina Burana, famed for its rousing chorus, O Fortuna.
The 2011 program opened with some of the world‟s best-loved operatic arias, brought to life by a trio of Australian opera greats: James Clayton, Tobias Cole and Sara Macliver.
Guest conductor Warwick Potter, who led the orchestra and choir, describes Carmina Burana as “arguably the most popular choral work of the 20th century and a centerpiece of the Queensland Choir‟s repertoire”.
On 20 July 2013, Opera Q collaborated with Queensland Music Festival to present Opera at Jimbour. Four wonderful soloists and the renowned Opera Queensland Chorus perform a special celebration of the 2013 Verdi Bicentenary.