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“Magic Flute” on the Beach

Mozart would never have dreamed of this: his Magic Flute on one of the most beautiful Australian beaches with a marvellous sunset in the background. One might smile and think that we are far better off today. Indulge in one of the most beautiful Mozart operas in an open-air production at the beginning of May on the Queensland Gold Coast, during the Bleach Festival at Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta, Australia.

06 March 2014 Events

An exotic fantasy: you are sitting on the warm sand of a beach of breath-taking beauty in front of a surf club; you take a sip of cold beer and treat yourself to a snack from your picnic basket while enjoying the enchanting music of Mozart in a unique open-air production of the Magic Flute. Opera Australia will treat you to a version of the opera you have never seen before. A large live orchestra and an elaborate sound and lighting design will ensure an unforgettable opera experience.

Opera Australia has its home at the Sydney Opera House and at the Arts Centre in Melbourne. Under the direction of Craig Hassall it performs more than 600 operas every year. The Magic Flute is produced in cooperation with the Bleach Festival, which offers a colourful potpourri of pop art exhibitions, contemporary music, film and theatre, a street festival and so-called “sound lounges” at the beach – all in the style of the surfer and beach community.

Unique open-air experience of classical music

World-class singers under the experienced direction of Michael Gow ensure the high artistic standard of this “Beach Magic Flute”. Having won several esteemed awards, his name guarantees a production of the highest quality and makes the anticipation of a very special opera experience much sweeter. Milica Ilic, a singer of Serbian descent, stars in the role of the Queen of the Night, Tamino is played by the New Zealand tenor Jonathan Abernethy, and the New Zealand bass Conal Coad, widely known for his dramatic interpretations, sings the role of Sarastro. The designer Robert Kemp - who has vast experience of opera - the leading Australian lighting designer Paul Collison and sound designer Adrian Riddell are responsible for stage setting, sound and lighting.

Would you love to experience Mozart at the other end of the world?

Three performances will take place from May 9 to 11, 2014, at 6.30pm. Tickets are available from 25 EURO and the audience are invited to bring their own picnics. For further information and tickets please go to


The Magic Flute on the beach

The Magic Flute on the beach

An exotic experience: Mozart‘s Magic Flute in the open air at Greenmount Beach, Australia Photo: Johanna Lassl