OUTDOOR OPERA: Singers Rosario la Spina and Sarah Crane will star in Opera at Jimbour.
OUTDOOR OPERA: Singers Rosario la Spina and Sarah Crane will star in Opera at Jimbour. AAP - John Gass

The early bird gets tickets to outdoor opera

THIS year Queensland Music Festival is set to celebrate their 20th year with the expansion of the annual Jimbour Opera Festival.

This is the first year camping will be offered at the festival.

The official festival proceedings are set to kick off on Saturday, July 27. The festival is held at the historic Jimbour House Estate.

Jimbour Opera Festival has been produced by Queensland Music Festival since 2003 and was presented in partnership with Opera Queensland and Western Downs Regional Council.

The festival has been well known for merging fine wine, fresh food, and the regional Queensland spirit of fun to make for an event that has attracted thousands of people.

This year there will be a new gala program of opera favourites including; internationally celebrated tenor Rosario La Spina, soprano Sarah Crane, mezzo soprano Hayley Sugars, baritone Shaun Brown and more.

The event will also welcome renowned conductor Vanessa Scammell, Queensland opera favourite Jason Barry-Smith as the event's MC and director, and the celebrated Queensland Youth Orchestra.

The gala will not only bring opera to Western Queensland, but bring Western Queensland to The Opera.

It's a country experience with a classical twist. Opera at Jimbour has local produce, market stalls and of course fine wine.

The Queensland Music Festival artistic director Katie Noonan said she was looking forward to this year's Opera at Jimbour.

"We are incredibly proud of our Opera at Jimbour program and are positive that both long-time patrons of the event and newcomers will be delighted with this year's event changes and line-up of opera classics,” she said.

"Music is for everyone and our carefully curated gala will be a world-class showcase of opera in one of the most picturesque settings imaginable-the warm winter sun and crisp country air on a Queensland cattle station steeped in history.

"We welcome everyone to come and experience the joy of music and the glorious Western Downs at this uniquely Queensland event.”

Opera Queensland artistic director Patrick Nolan said Opera at Jimbour was one of his favourite events.

"There is nothing quite like the beauty of Jimbour House and the warmth and generosity of the audiences. We are thrilled to bring some of Queensland's and Australia's finest performers together to sing operatic favourites, from Mozart to Verdi to Puccini, and more, it is going to be a great celebration of fine music amongst friends,” he said.

Improved sound and visuals, upgraded amenities, more food options, better transport, and facilities management are just some of the improvements put in place at this year's festival.

With the new format gates will open at 10am for the public to view the pre-show rehearsal.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic or try local cuisine from the food-stalls available and sing along to favourite opera classics. The main event will begin at 2.30pm.

There will be free parking, free entry to children under 12 and a range of camping and accommodation options.

Early bird general admission tickets are $36 (including a booking fee of $3).

Concession tickets are $28 (including a booking fee of $3).

Family tickets (two youth and two adults) are $98 (including a booking fee of $3).

General admission tickets are $42.

Early bird tickets go on sale Monday, March 18 from 9am.

For more details and to purchase tickets, click here.

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