A night at the opera

ROTARY AWARDED: 25 years of opera in the vineyard
ROTARY AWARDED: 25 years of opera in the vineyard Contributed

The Rotary Club of Stanthorpe is the proud recipient of the Rotary District 9640's 2018 Significant Achievement Award for its 25 Years of Opera in the Vineyard. The Award recognises the commitment of the Club to a significant community service event with outstanding contributions to a range of community charities. About 35,000 patrons have attended the Opera over the last 25 years with the Stanthorpe Rotary Club giving more than $1.2 million to various health related charities - locally, regionally and internationally.

On May 6 this year, the Rotary Club will embark on its second quarter century of this event. The Opera is themed Carnivale di Venezia (Carnival of Venice) so it is an opportunity to dress up and don sparkly masks in true carnival style. The main attraction will be the beautiful voices of Opera Queensland's Mr Jason Barry-Smith and Ms Emily Burke as the sun sets over Ballandean Estate vineyard and the distant blue hills of Sundown National Park. Enjoying Stanthorpe's best wines and gourmet food at lunch and dinner will again complement the opera program. This year Opera visitors can use a life-sized gondola for a photo backdrop and they can take a chance to win a $30,000 trip to Venice.

If you have been to Opera in the Vineyard before, you will surely want to gather a table of friends to share this fabulous experience again; if you have never been, let this year be your first visit! For bookings, visit


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