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Today OperaQ has released the second half of our 2015 season building on the success of early 2015 which has already resulted in thousands of Queenslanders coming to see us perform for the first time.

First up is Candide, directed by Lindy Hume and featuring a star-studded cast including David Hobson and Amelia Farrugia. Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta will give audiences a glittering dose of sharp-edged satire, philosophy and mockery, opening on Thursday 23 July QPAC’s Playhouse. This morning OperaQ released 1,200 Candide tickets for just $25! 

OperaQ is also offering the opportunity for everyday people to train with our professional artists at the Candide Open Stage workshop and become part of the final performance of Candide as well as QPAC’s Lunchtime Live series.

Demonstrating our commitment to regional Queensland, we head out west on 25 July with Queensland Music Festival for the iconic Opera at Jimbour, transforming a Darling Downs paddock into the world’s biggest ballroom with a free, semi-staged concert of Johan Strauss’s champagne operetta Fledermaus.

Then, From 2 to 21 August OperaQ will take The Adventures of Figaro to Maleny, Maryborough, Capella, Proserpine, Charters Towers, Townsville, Ayr and Hughenden. This colourful riot of sunny-Spanish madness in which performers sing, dance, act and play their way through a 90-minute version of The Barber of Seville, is sung in English and designed to fit into small venues, festivals, pop-up spaces and even pubs.

Earlier this year OperaQ’s inaugural Cloud Song sold out and saw opera first-timers indulge in a brilliant Sunday afternoon of cocktails, DJs, pop-up performances, aerial stunts, flamenco and some outrageous costumes in Cloudland’s incredible venue. They sang along, they clapped, they cheered and shouted encore, so on Sunday 30 August the doors will open once more for another stylish event.

In September we join forces with Brisbane Festival to present a very different take on Verdi’s Macbeth, reset amongst warlords, double-crossing businessmen and a raging conflict over mineral resources in the Congo. September is also the month for more classic opera enthusiasts with Renée Fleming in concert and From Broadway to La Scala both available to purchase with OperaQ’s exclusive multi-tix discounts.

The huge OperaQ classroom hit –FiZZ!, based on Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love – which has been seen by more than 10,000 Queensland kids, will continue its primary school tour in the second half of 2015 including regional centres and a special season at Ipswich Civic Theatre on 1 and 2 October. Bookings are still available for Queensland schools.

In announcing the new line up, Lindy Hume said the future of OperaQ was all about removing barriers and tearing down some of the ways that opera had made itself intimidating or inaccessible over the years. “We love this 400 year old art form and we want others to have the opportunity to experience its power and beauty in a myriad of ways and venues, and for a price people can afford to pay.”

The 2015 season will conclude with a night of beautiful music, great company and a celebration of all things opera; the OperaQ Gala on 24 October at Victoria Park.