Opera Queensland (OperaQ) will kick off its dynamic 2017 season with Sensory, a night of stunning and surprising live opera performances throughout the iconic gallery spaces of GOMA, accompanied by a gourmet food and wine experience.
A highlight of the GOMA Turns 10 celebrations, Sensory is an immersive event. Guests will be invited to move through the gallery spaces in order to soak up the sensual atmosphere and combined visual and musical splendours of each room.
With multiple pathways through Sensory, guests will experience surprises around each corner.
At the halfway point of the night, guests will indulge in fine wines and exquisite canapés while sharing their experiences with each other, before they embark on the second half of their journey around the gallery.
OperaQ artistic director Lindy Hume describes the Sensory experience as “a dream landscape”.
“There’s no sense of any linear narrative or logical sequence of events, just a sense that everything one encounters is somehow familiar, with a deep and intangible undertow that is intensely personal,” Hume says.
The program has been carefully curated to blend effortlessly with GOMA’s immersive works.
The exciting cast will include acclaimed violinist Brendan Joyce and Brisbane favourite, soprano Sarah Crane. Musical highlights will include Strauss’ haunting ‘Die Nacht’ performed by Sarah, accompanied by award-winning Brisbane pianist Alex Raineri; and Brendan’s solo performances of the beautiful ‘Méditation’ from Massenet’s opera Thaïs.
Exquisite dancers from Expressions Dance Company will complement the sublime musical moments of the evening, which will also feature singers well known to Brisbane audiences.
“Whether it’s the moody Romanticism of Schubert Lieder, a lush moonsong, or the sparse elegance of a Monteverdi chorale, we want the music and performance to resonate psychologically with the magnificent artworks in each space,” Hume says.
For their first creative adventure of 2017, OperaQ is once again taking opera into a new setting, offering an amplified cultural experience with an enchanting combination of music, art and dance.
OperaQ’s Sensory will be held at GOMA on Friday 7 April from 6:30pm. For more info and tickets, visit operaq.com.au/whats-on/sensory/.