The Rotary Club of Stanthorpe and Ballandean Estate would like to announce that there will not be an Opera in the Vineyard in 2020. After 27 successful years of fundraising and fun in the vineyard, it has been decided that a new event will be created in it’s place.
We would like to thank all of our supporters for Opera and hope that you will continue to support the new event.
Details of the new event will be posted here as soon as possible.
Thank you again from the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe and Ballandean Estate Wines ( The Puglisi family).
Opera in the Vineyard
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. This event is the jewel of the Granite Belt’s social calendar and one of South East Queensland’s premier cultural experiences.
Dress Code/Theme: Black Tie – Diamonds are Forever
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.
Opera only general seating $110
Includes: Souvenir champagne glass, wine on arrival, event program
Lunch & Opera general seating $175
Includes: Souvenir champagne glass, wine on arrival, event program, buffet style lunch prepared by local chef Jason Costanzo
Evening Cocktail Party & Opera general seating $198
Includes: Souvenir champagne glass, wine on arrival, event program, finger food style meal, music and entertainment.
Opera seating options
A limited number of premium and reserved seats are available at an extra cost of:
$50 Row A – $35 Row B – $30 Row C, D & E
Return Bus Ticket $25 per person
Please Note: buses are from Stanthorpe and Tenterfield only. There is NO RETURN BUS to Tenterfield after the Cocktail Party.
Program for the day:
Lunch 11.30 for 12 noon sit down | Opera 2.30pm sharp | Cocktail Party 6.15pm
Opera Queensland have joined the Opera in the Vineyard team and we are delighted to have them on board. The 2019 performance is being created by the very talented team at Opera and Queensland and is sure to be an enthralling and beautiful performance, one that should not be missed!
Rosario La Spina and Milijana Nikolic
The Opera story
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. Because of David and Angelo’s dream 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 because of the local need, the decision was made to realise the dream. Thus, Opera in the Vineyard was born.
The Rotary Club of Stanthorpe and Ballandean Estate Wines have worked together over 25 years to cement Opera in the Vineyard on the cultural calendar of the Granite Belt. As a result, we have raised approximately 1 million dollars for Queensland charities.
The Rotary Club of Stanthorpe and Ballandean Estate Wines are proud to bring Opera in the Vineyard to you each year. We acknowledge the support of our partners particularly Opera Queensland and we look forward to welcoming you to our magical event. See you at Opera!
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Things to know | FAQs
What to wear — yes, it really is black tie all day unless you would like to dress to the theme.
Are there ATMs? — yes, you will be able to access cash at the Rotary stand.
Inclement weather — the show will go on!
Shuttle bus — The buses start at the Top of Town Stanthorpe and meander down the main st and down the New England Highway, picking up along the way. Another bus will head out along Eukey Rd via Mt Tully Rd towards Ballandean. There is a bus around the Ballandean Village including Girraween National Park and also a bus from Tenterfield.
Timetables will be emailed to you directly closer to Opera. If you are unsure about where your accommodation is in relation to the bus route, please contact the winery 46841226.
Group bookings — you can book separately, just use one name to book the group under the “are you part of a group” question.