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Opera? In the Outback?

Sing it loud! Festival of Outback Opera is a week-long celebration of open-air concerts, intimate recitals, singalongs and gastronomic delights, bringing together local artists and national opera stars for a truly unique outback adventure.

Think dazzling night skies, glorious horizons and fine music set against some of Outback Queensland’s most iconic backdrops.

The Outback is a big place, where is the Festival held?

The Festival’s expansive program of events takes place across Longreach and Winton in Queensland’s west.

What are some of the events?

This year’s major festival concerts include Dark Sky Serenade in Winton on 19 May 2023 and Singing in the Night in Longreach on 20 May 2023. Opera Queensland’s brand-new touring production, Lady Sings the Maroons, also plays dates during the Festival. This year, there are plans for an inaugural Long Lunch in Winton and Festival of Outback Opera Gala Ball in Longreach. And the perenially popular community singalong, Sing Sing Sing, will unite both towns in song.

Yes, but again, why the Outback?

The Festival of Outback Opera is not only a very special event for local audiences far removed from the arts and cultural scene of major cities, but also a critical contributor to Queensland’s regional tourism economy. Plus, any excuse to visit Winton’s Age of Dinosaurs…

Who are the artists performing?

Acclaimed Australian conductor Vanessa Scammell brings her inimitable style and passion to the event, leading some of the world’s most incredible voices including Emma Matthews, Milijana Nikolic, Jud Arthur, Carlos E. Bárcenas Ramírez and José Carbó.

FESTIVAL OF OUTBACK OPERA 2023 plays Outback Queensland from 16 May 2023