Mayor welcomes Opera on the Beach stars

MAYOR Tom Tate has warmly welcomed the cast of Opera on the Beach to the Gold Coast, urging locals to show their support for the highly anticipated event.

Cr Tate today met some of the cast who will star in the outdoor opera spectacular of The Magic Flute at Greenmount Beach this weekend, including soprano Milica Ilic, tenor Jonathan Abernethy, bassist Conal Coad and Janet Todd.

Directed by Michael Gow and designed by Robert Kemp, the new production is set in the 1930s, with Mozart’s characters meeting at an Indiana Jones-inspired Egyptian temple, discovered buried in the sands of Greenmount.


The opera is sung in English, will appeal to all ages, and finishes with a spectacular fireworks display each night.

The cast is supported by a 40-strong community chorus of local singers and members of some Gold Coast lifesaving clubs.

“It’s been an absolute thrill to visit the set and meet some of the cast knowing that this is the largest cultural event ever staged on the Gold Coast,” Cr Tait said.

“I’d like to congratulate Opera Australia for its bold ambition in bringing this world-class production to the beach. What a superb way to celebrate our iconic beaches and our beach culture and direct a new spotlight towards our city.”

Cr Tate reminded Gold Coast residents to get their tickets quickly.

“With just three performances, people will need to act fast so they don’t miss out on this unique experience – there are still seats available and it would make a great Mother’s Day gift!” he said.

The Magic Flute plays three performances 9 – 11 May at Greenmount Beach at 6.30pm.

Tickets range from $32 to $79. For tickets and information, visit