Opera Queensland and MICE play Mount Isa Civic Centre | video and photos

STAR: Opera Queensland soprano Emily Burke on stage at Mount Isa Civic Centre. Photo: Derek Barry
STAR: Opera Queensland soprano Emily Burke on stage at Mount Isa Civic Centre. Photo: Derek Barry

Opera Queensland wowed the crowd at the Civic Centre on Saturday during Mount Isa’s first ever Fringe Festival.

Organisers were forced to move the event away from Buchanan Park due to the high winds last week but the Civic Centre proved an adequate replacement with events spilling out on to the lawn.

The highlight was the performance of OperaQ who were helped out on stage by local mice.

Not the rodent kind, but members if the choir known as Mount Isa Community Ensembles (MICE) led by Lenita Woodsbey who got a close-up of the action front and centre and who joined in for several numbers

OperaQ took the audience on an adventure through Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, and Don Giovanni balanced by lighter, popular pieces and there were plenty of anecdotes and laughs along the way.

On stage were four OperaQ favourites soprano Emily Burke, mezzo soprano Victoria Lambourn, tenor Rosario La Spina and baritone Shaun Brown with brilliant piano by Narelle French.