Opera in the Vineyard



Let's Celebrate our Silver Anniversary

Join us in either Black Tie or why not have some fun in our Anniversary theme of the Great Gatsby

2017 Opera in the Vineyard
Date:  Sunday, 30th April 2017

           The Rotary Club of Stanthorpe and Ballandean Estate are looking forward to bringing you another fantastic Opera in the Vineyard, so start planning your favourite weekend of the year now.

Prices for 2017:

Opera Only General Seating:$110  (STILL AVAILABLE)

Includes: Souvenir Champagne glass, wine on arrival, Event program

Lunch and Opera General Seating: $175  (SOLD OUT)

Includes: Souvenir Champagne Glass, wine on arrival, Event program, Buffet style lunch prepared by acclaimed restaurant the Barrelroom and Larder

Dinner and Opera General Seating: $198 (STILL AVAILABLE)

Includes: Souvenir Champagne Glass, wine on arrival, Event program, Buffet style Dinner prepared by acclaimed restaurant the Barrelroom and Larder, entertainment by live band and dancing the night away.

All Day General Seating: $275 (SOLD OUT)

Includes: Souvenir Champagne Glass, wine on arrival, Event program, Buffet style Lunch & Buffet style Dinner prepared by acclaimed restaurant the Barrelroom and Larder, entertainment by live band and dancing the night away.

Return Bus Ticket $20 per person

Please Note: Buses from Warwick & Tenterfield  will only be available for Lunch and Opera -

A limited number of premium and reserved seats are available at an extra cost of:
$50 Row A
$35 Row B
$30 Rows C D and E

Accommodation Map Click Here.

We are pleased to announce a wonderful collaboration of 2 of the most stunning voices in Australian Opera.

The Artists for the 2017 are

Emma Matthews

Winner Limelight Artist of the Year 2016



David Hobson


So how did this collaboration come about?

David was performing at Opera 2016 when it was revealed that we would be celebrating our 25 year anniversary in 2017.  David has enjoyed his visits to Ballandean so much that he offered to perform for us again on this special occasion.  With the assistance of Opera Queensland, we were able to engage Emma to perform with David in what is sure to be a once in a lifetime concert.  For Opera and non opera lovers alike, the day will certainly be a show stopper. 


 The Event

Opera In the Vineyard is a charity event held on the first weekend in May each year in the spectacular vineyards of Ballandean Estate Wines.   The event is one of South East Queensland's premier cultural events, and the jewel of the Granite Belt's social calendar. Opera in the Vineyard attracts up to 1800 people each year providing an intoxicating mix of music, wine, food and an unforgettable time.  The event organisers Ballandean Estate Wines and the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe have donated almost a million dollars to charity since the events inception.

 The Event Program

Opera in the Vineyard offers a number of experiences to suit each guest:
• Lunch and Opera: a sumptuous sit down lunch followed by Opera in the open air amphitheatre
• Opera and Dinner:  arrive in time for the opera and stay for the Gala Dinner Dance to dance the night away
• All Day: arrive for lunch and stay until the band stops playing at the end of the night
• Opera Only: Spend 3.5 hours mesmerised by the music, the view and the wine.

Full bars will be operating at the Opera and both lunch and dinner where you can choose from a range of award winning Ballandean Estate wines or your favourite alcohol of choice.  Please Note: Wine is not included with the meals, so now you can enjoy your favourite wine with the amazing food provided by the Barrelroom.

Our Music Makers

Opera Queensland have joined the Opera in the Vineyard team and we are delighted to have them on board.  The 2011 performance (their first) was an outstanding success with standing ovation after standing ovation. The 2016 performance is being created by the very talented team at Opera and Queensland and is sure to be an enthralling and beautiful performance.

Getting There

 Shuttle Buses are the best way to attend the opera and are $20 return, although ample car parking is available adjacent to the winery.
The Bus Routes are as follows:
• From Stanthorpe (Route 1) - All along main street starting from Top of the Town Caravan Park. Following highway through Severnlea and Glen Aplin and Ballandean. 
• From Stanthorpe (Route 2) - From Stanthorpe via Eukey Road to Ballandean.  Also along Mt Tully Road.
• From Warwick - All motels along highway starting from Post Office/Warwick Centre.  There is no return bus after the Dinner
• From Ballandean - Cottages on Eukey Road and Jacobsen Road.  Along Pyramids Road to Girraween National Park Rangers Station.
• From Tenterfield - All motels along highway from southernmost motel. There is no return bus after dinner.

A Friendship, A Dream

    The opera was born of a friendship between Angelo Puglisi and his neighbour, the late David Pugh.  Many times they shared a wine as they watched the sun set over the autumn coloured vineyards and mountains of Sundown National Park and listened to Opera.  As David and Angelo dreamed of sharing this magic with others the seeds of the vision were sown.

Opportunity and Reality

   In 1993 the Wesley Hospital was outfitting a lodge where rural patients could reside comfortably whilst they received cancer treatment.  Rotary Clubs were being asked to sponsor rooms and with the recent passing of David Pugh, the opportunity arose to turn the dream into a reality - honouring  David's vision of sharing some of the beautiful things in life whilst helping others.  Thus the first 'Opera at Sunset' was born.

The Partnerships

   The Rotary Club of Stanthorpe and Ballandean Estate Wines have worked together over 20 years to cement Opera in the Vineyard on the cultural calendar of the Granite Belt.
The Opera is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when business and the community work together for a purpose and also decide to have a lot of fun along the way!  Stanthorpe Rotarians are an enthusiastic Club of men and women, who with their partners and family, delight in organising and running the Opera each year.