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Opera in the Paddock has always had the support of great providores, winemakers and local chefs and this year is no different.  We are pleased to continue our partnership with RELISH who are providing the catering at the post-performance party at the Mimosa performance.  It’s your chance to meet the artists after the show and in the beautiful Mimosa garden.

The cool climate of the New England and the rich fertile soil lends itself to the growing of a wide range of produce, from berries, apples, pears and a range of grapes that produce some award-winning wines, champagnes and ports to excellent lamb and beef.  All of which will be put to good use when Katrina White of RELISH puts together a wonderful menu of canapes and desserts to enjoy at the post performance party at Mimosa.  What a wonderful way to finish a night of exceptional entertainment.

RELISH owner and head chef Katrina White prides her business on its service as much as its quality food. “My business aim was to bring really good quality and interesting food from the city to the country with good service to back it up.”

Come and taste a sample of the best the region has to offer after the performance at Mimosa when Relish provide a sumptuous canapes and desserts with drinks available to purchase from the bar.  Tickets are only $45 per person. BOOK HERE


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Proving why it is the leading artistic organisation in regional Australia, Opera North West is pleased to announce its stellar line-up for 2017:

  • Eleanor Greenwood, mezzo soprano
  • Panayiota Kalatzis, soprano
  • Jeremy Kleeman, bass baritone
  • David Hamilton, tenor and paddock-favourite!
  • Peta Blyth, soprano
  • Timothy Sexton, conductor of the Mimosa Orchestra, Artistic Director, Opera South Australia
  • The highly-acclaimed twenty-two piece Mimosa Orchestra


For the first time, an exceptional appearance will be made by regional and visiting artists who will form an exclusive choir brought together especially for the two performances.

The choirs will comprise regional singers joining members of the Willoughby Singers from Sydney.

A special guest appearance of the young singers from NECOM’s Cantilena Chorale will feature at the Armidale performance.

Following the success of Opera in the Paddock earlier in the year, the event will return to Lazenby Hall, UNE, Armidale on Friday 24th March as well as to the paddock at ‘Mimosa’ Delungra, on Saturday 25th March 2017.

Artistic Director, Peta Blyth is delighted that the two performances will take place again next year.  “The spectacular atmosphere in the paddock, under the stars, offers something unique to our audiences.   They have very much embraced the adventure of packing a picnic and joining their friends in this magical setting.  Offering the performance indoors at Lazenby Hall, opens up the opportunity for those travelling to select a location they may find to be more convenient,”

For many years, Peta Blyth has been a tireless advocate for the provision of professional development opportunities for emerging artists, particularly local musicians.  “One of our challenges is looking for ways to improve on what we do,” said Mrs Blyth.

“We understand the importance of constantly evolving and presenting something new,” she said.  With this in mind, she is delighted that next year a number of local singers will have the opportunity to perform on stage as part of an exceptional choir at both performances.

“We are grateful for the support we have received from our sponsors.  Without their continued support, we simply would not be in the position to achieve our mission of delivering fine quality performances and artists of national and international standard in regional centres,” she said.