Indigenous soprano headlines OPERA UNDER STARS 30th Anniversary Gala


OPERA UNDER THE STARS ® 30th Anniversary Gala

OPERA UNDER THE STARS® is celebrating 30 years of stunning opera performances, under the twinkling Broome sky in Western Australia’s North West.

The milestone will be marked by a 30th Anniversary Gala featuring music from master opera composers plus lighter songs to dazzle and delight audience members.

For guests, attending OPERA UNDER THE STARS® is an unforgettable night of glamour and music in a magical setting.

OPERA UNDER THE STARS® Director Mary-Attracta Connolly said that the Gala is designed to entertain, enthral and excite audiences of all ages.

“It’s a fantastic opera experience for everyone, the perfect combination of unpretentious luxury in the lush gardens of Mangrove Hotel overlooking Broome’s majestic Roebuck Bay and the exquisite pleasure being serenaded by a stellar cast of international stars,” Ms Connolly said.

The 30th Gala includes performances from Yorta Yorta Soprano and Composer, DEBORAH CHEETHAM AO, Soprano, RACHELLE DURKIN, Mezzo-Soprano, CAITLIN CASSIDY, and Tenor, PAUL O’NEILL, together with Pianist, MARK COUGHLAN

“We’re honoured and humbled to have been supported by opera lovers, Broome locals and local, state and national businesses also, in the early years Arts WA and Healthway, and performers for the past 30 years – we’re absolutely thrilled to be celebrating with everyone,” Ms Connolly said.

“We’ve all been through so much in the past two years, particularly those in the arts, so this year’s anniversary Gala feels more poignant than ever.

“Fittingly, 30 years is traditionally celebrated with pearls and here we are, in the middle of the most beautiful pearl country in the world.”

It was a chance meeting during a family holiday in Broome that led to a collaboration and the first OPERA UNDER THE STARS®.

The inaugural concert was held at the Mangrove Hotel in Broome in September 1993 featuring Mary-Attracta Connolly (Soprano) and Fergus H Anderson (Baritone) performing with Jennifer Warren (Pianist) and Broome musician, Guy Ghouse (Guitarist).

Since its beginnings, OPERA UNDER THE STARS® has enjoyed a strong connection with the wonderful music of Broome and especially the music of Broome musician, composer and playwright, Jimmy Chi (1948-2017), of Bran Nue Dae and Corrugation Road fame.

Selections of Chi’s songs have been featured at OPERA UNDER THE STARS® every year since 1993 and have become special favourites with the OPERA UNDER THE STARS® audience.

“It’s a wonderful evening of musical entertainment sprinkled with fun, and the perfect occasion to don your silk and pearls, or dress Kimberley casual for a brilliant night out – and we expect it to sell out again this year,” said the OPERA UNDER THE STARS® Director.

Tickets and travel packages to the OPERA UNDER THE STARS® 30th Anniversary Gala are on sale now from

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