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Opera at Jimbour – Fledermaus

Jimbour Station Amphitheatre

Opera at Jimbour is one of Queensland’s truly iconic music events – and rightly so. Jimbour is the only place in the world where you can picnic with a magnificent sandstone mansion in the background and spend the afternoon listening to opera!

This year, Queensland Music Festival and OperaQ turned the grounds of Jimbour House into the World’s Biggest Ballroom with a special treat – a semi-staged concert of Johann Strauss’s champagne operetta, Fledermaus (aka The Bat).

Jason Barry-Smith played a philandering husband caught in the act at Prince Orlovsky’s masked ball along with Emily Burke playing his equally adventurous wife! The performance combined a fabulous cast of Queensland’s favourite singers including Shaun Brown, Virgilio Marino and Hayley Sugars as the cross-dressing Russian ‘Prince’ Orlovsky.

The Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and guest artists from Camerata of St John’s were joined by OperaQ’s fantastic Toowoomba community chorus, who sang so wonderfully in our recent tour of La bohème.

To complete the party, audience members were invited to join the famous ballroom scene whereby hundreds upon hundreds of couples rose from the crowd to waltz in the afternoon sun. It truly was a sight to see…

Opera at Jimbour - waltz video

Opera at Jimbour was presented by Queensland Music Festival, Western Downs Regional Council, Opera Queensland and Russell Pastoral



Conductor Andrew Mogrelia
Director Lindy Hume 


Eisenstein Jason Barry-Smith
Rosalinda Emily Burke 
Adele Natalie Peluso 
Alfred Virgilio Marino
Dr Falke Shaun Brown
Orlovsky Hayley Sugars
Dr Blind Phillip Prendergast
Col Frank Matthew Broadbent

DATES Saturday 25 July 2015. Gates open 9.00am Performance 2.00pm

VENUE Jimbour Station Amphitheatre – From Warrego Highway north out of Dalby, take Jandowae turn-off and follow signs to Jimbour Station