Opera Queensland

Brisbane Bel Canto

A new festival for the Brisbane stage! Showcasing the acclaimed Soprano Jessica Pratt in two standout events, alongside a special appearance by Maggie Beer in an exclusive Long Lunch, the…

Performances & Gigs

Event Details


Performances & Gigs

Event Starts

Apr 20, 2024

Event Ends

Apr 27, 2024


Queensland Performing Arts Centre


Cultural Precinct Cnr Grey Melbourne Street, QLD 4101

In 2024, Opera Queensland is launching Brisbane Bel Canto! This new festival for the stage utilises rich, popular repertoire of Italian opera from the mid-19th century as a celebration of song in all its many forms.

Set to take over The City in April, Opera Queensland’s 2024 season will kick off with a brand-new festival dedicated to the ever-popular repertoire of Italian opera from the mid-19th century.

On 20 & 27 April, Jessica will bring her critically acclaimed performance of Lucia to Brisbane audiences for the very first time. This tragic tale of a woman’s romantic obsession whose passion knows no limits, sees Pratt’s long-time collaborator and master of bel canto repertoire Richard Mills join her to conduct the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. 

On Wednesday April 24, Jessica will perform a one-night-only concert of highlights from the bel canto era. The program showcases work that explores the heroes and heroines from the bel canto canon, including music from Norma, I Puritani and the rarely performed Beatrice di Tenda. Friday April 26 will see culinary icon Maggie Beer creates a special opera-inspired menu of eats.

Friday April 26 will also see Australia’s leading soloists, the Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra and a chorus of vocal students, conducted by Richard Mills, perform an hour-long showcase of Rossini’s masterpiece Stabat Mater. This breathtaking work conveys profound grief and hope through its exquisite melodies and lush harmonies.

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