Magic in the air at estate
Gertrude Opera will kick off its season with Mozart’s beloved opera The Magic Flute set in the stunning grounds of Wahring’s Noorilim Estate.
The Magic Flute is one of the most well-known operas across the world and is a testament to the triumph of love conquering evil.
This special, one-night-only, picnic opera performance will provide an unmissable curtain opener for the third annual Australian International Gertrude Opera Festival at Nagambie in October.
Gertrude Opera artistic director Linda Thompson said it was the first time the company had held a performance at Noorilim Estate.
‘‘There are a lot of festivals like this overseas at country houses and country estates, particularly in the US and Europe,’’ she said.
‘‘What we do that’s different from other companies is that we stage it so it’s opera as theatre. It’s not just standing and singing — there’s action and there’s drama.’’
Ms Thompson said The Magic Flute was the ideal performance for someone who had not experienced opera before.
‘‘It has instantly recognisable tunes and it’s all about the power of love and what people need to go through to be with the one they love,’’ she said.
‘‘It is a joyful, passionate exploration of love and music and the magic of music.’’
Ms Thompson said the production had a youthful spirit which suited the emerging artists who were performing in it well.
‘‘The singers that people will hear are the singers that in five to 10 years’ time will be singing on world stages, so it is a fantastic opportunity for people to be able to say that not only were they at the first Gertrude Opera at Noorilim but also that they saw these singers well before they were world-famous,’’ she said.
The show will be performed with an eight-piece orchestra and sung in English to ensure that everyone understands it.
will be held at Wahring, on Saturday, April 22.
Gates open at 3 pm with the opera starting at 4 pm and a onehour picnic dinner between acts one and two.
Tickets are $90 for adults and $75 for concession card-holders.
To book tickets and for more information go to www.gertrudeopera.com.au/themagic-flute-at-noorilim