The Magic Flute world-premiere on Gold Coast

9 May 2014 11:29 AMJann Stuckey

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Southern Gold Coast will take centre-stage this weekend as audiences gather for the Queensland-exclusive performance of Opera Australia’s The Magic Flute.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey said the Opera on the Beach would present spectators with three unforgettable performances set against the picturesque backdrop of Greenmount Beach, delivering on the election promise to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy.

“Opera on the Beach is the only event of this scale and calibre to be performed on a beach stage, with more than 10,000 people expected to attend the highly-anticipated performances,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Directed by Michael Gow and designed by Robert Kemp to reflect the essence of Queensland, the inaugural Opera on the Beach will no doubt provide visiting audiences with a memorable evening’s entertainment on our Famous for Fun Gold Coast.

“It delivers on key election promises, further building the tourism industry and supporting Queensland jobs, where the previous Labor government failed dismally.”

Ms Stuckey said the Newman Government’s 20-year plan Destination Success recognised the need to support unique events such as Opera on the Beach which drive visitation to Queensland’s destinations.

“The Queensland Government is proud to support Opera on the Beach through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of our goal to double annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020,” she said.

Peter Doggett, CEO of Connecting Southern Gold Coast, organisers of Bleach* Festival, commended the State Government and the City of Gold Coast for their commitment to boosting event tourism numbers on the Southern Gold Coast.

“With their respective vision for our Festivals and Events hub on the Southern Gold Coast, Minister Stuckey and Mayor Tom Tate have recognised the leverage opportunities to boost tourism in our region through this significant cultural event,” Mr Doggett said.

“Thanks to their foresight, Opera on the Beach will be a hallmark event for the city – using our iconic beach landscape at night to bring the appeal of the Gold Coast to a new level.”

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said that presenting a unique opera event in Queensland was vital to the vision of the national opera company.

“Opera Australia takes opera across the country every year, but this is our first time on a beach! The Gold Coast is the perfect location for an opera event that brings families together for a safe and inspiring occasion,” Mr Terracini said.

“Presenting opera on the beach itself is a great way for us to make the art form accessible and to introduce many people who may not otherwise have thought to give opera a try. Crashing waves, spectacular sets made of sand, beautiful music and the lovely beach location will make for a truly extraordinary operatic experience which will reflect the unique culture and creativity of the Gold Coast.”

Opera on the Beach is presented by Opera Australia and Bleach* Festival from 9-11 May 2014.

[ENDS] 9 May 2014