Opera Queensland

Opera Queensland has been commissioned to work with Tumbulgum Hall

  • Opera Queensland, Candide 2015

One of Australia’s major performing arts companies, OperaQ develops and presents opera projects that reflect their passion for excellence, community and adventure. OperaQ performs in a range of theatres and venues across Metropolitan Brisbane where they present grand opera of excellence and bold creative adventures; delivers an Open Stage program that creates first-rate education and community; and tours extensively throughout regional Queensland, creating unique and innovative opportunities for regional artists and audiences to experience opera engagement programs for all ages.

OperaQ’s vision is of a boundless landscape of opera experiences that reflect the richness, expanse and diversity of the operatic art form. Their mission (to reflect, celebrate and enrich life in our communities) articulates the important role the arts play in contemporary life.

Jason Barry-Smith and Rod Ainsworth from Opera Queensland’s creative development team, will work with the Tumbulgum community to tell the story of their historic hall.

Mr Barry-Smith form OperaQ said ‘I’ve been privileged to bring communities together through singing for many years, and beginning our work with the Tumbulgum community this weekend is particularly exciting.

‘Through connecting to the stories and music from Tumbulgum Hall’s past, I’m looking forward to bringing people together in song, helping them discover things they didn’t know they had within them, and beginning what I hope will be an inspiring journey for everyone involved.’


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OperaQ Artistic Director Lindy Hume | Lindy is one of Australia’s leading directors, acknowledged internationally for fresh interpretations of a wide variety of repertoire. She is equally recognised for progressive artistic leadership, most recently as Festival Director for Sydney Festival (2010-2012) and Perth International Arts Festival (2004-2007), and before that as Artistic Director of OzOpera, Victoria State Opera and West Australian Opera.

As a director she has created over 50 major productions across Australasia and internationally: Opera Australia, New Zealand Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper (Berlin), Opera Theatre St Gallen (Switzerland), Handel Festspiele Halle, Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Houston Grand Opera and Leipzig Opera; and has won several prestigious awards, including Helpmann and Green Room Awards for Best Director for the World Première of Richard Mills’ Batavia.

A passionate advocate for regional arts, Lindy currently sits on the Boards of South East Arts (Chair) and Regional Arts NSW. The University of Western Australia awarded Lindy Hume the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in 2007.

Jason Barry Smith | has been Artistic Director of the Queensland Youth Choir, Director of the Opera Queensland Young Artistic Program, Creative Director for Opera Queensland’s Open Stage program, and a member of the 2013 Emerging Leaders Development Program at the Australia Council for the Arts.

He has performed in some of Opera Queensland’s most successful productions including Pish-Tush in The Mikado, Count Danilo Danilowitsch in The Merry Widow, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Doctor Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Dandini in Cinderella, Gabriel von Eisenstein and Doctor Falke in Die Fledermaus, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Schaunard in La bohème, and in the title roles in The Barber of Seville and Don Giovanni. 

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to opera, Jason has received the Queensland Conservatorium Medal for Excellence, Marianne Mathy Scholarship, and Opera Foundation Australia’s Italian Opera Award.

Rod Ainsworth | has extensive experience as an arts manager and consultant and specialises in designing and delivering engagement, consultation and regional development processes through art. Having worked in a range of industries including education, economic development and the arts, he is a skilled arts manager, researcher, corporate writer and facilitator/trainer. Rod is a playwright and producer and has spent the last fifteen years championing and making new Australian work in regional Queensland