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.

Book your 2019 Opera in the Vineyard experience today

Date: Sunday May 5, 2019

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!

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 partnerships

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.