Opera Australia Returns to Uluru in 2021

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Australia is set to return to Uluru, the spiritual heart of Australia, in September 2021.

The company will perform four concerts planned across one weekend at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Bruce Munro’s Field of Light Uluru.

The concert will mark Opera Australia’s second performance at Uluṟu, partnering with Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia after a successful inaugural concert in November 2019.

The concerts, which are scheduled from Sept. 17 through 19, begin with an open-air Welcome Dinner highlighting native bush ingredients and featuring a performance of arias from the final act of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” The evening will hold two intimate dawn performances for only 90 people.

On Sept. 18, four of Opera Australia’s singers and a string quartet will perform a selection of Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes and on Sept. 19 soprano and cellist, Taryn Fiebig, will perform a recital of songs for cello.

The weekend will also include a Gala Concert with famous arias from Bizet, Puccini, Rossini, Verdi and more, accompanied by a chamber orchestra conducted by Tahu Matheson.

“Opera Australia is thrilled to be teaming up with Voyages and returning to Uluṟu in 2021 with an expanded program. Our first concert there last year proved such a success, we knew we were onto something really special,” Opera Australia Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini AM said in a press release. “We were really touched by the feedback we received from guests who were visibly moved by the experience. We wanted to build on those foundations and create more opportunities for guests to experience the combination of the majestic Australian landscape and the exquisite talent of our performers. I’m particularly looking forward to the intimate, ethereal sunrise performances in the dunes near the Field of Light, these will be memories that will last a lifetime.”