Aida, renowned the world over as the most spectacular outdoor opera, is being performed by Opera Australia in the stunning Gold Coast setting of Coolangatta beach.
Whether you're an opera fan or not, this is an unmissable event - a grand scale spectacular featuring Verdi's renowned score, dazzling costumes, the drama of a royal love triangle, 8m tall towering Pharoahs, fireworks, camels and even a smattering of local lifesavers.
Under the starry night sky, with waves lapping nearby, opera goers can nestle into a low slung beach chair (A-reserve) or pull up a rug or just get comfy in the soft white sand (B and C reserve).
Performed in Italian with English subtitles and directed by Hugh Halliday, Aida will feature some of Australia's finest singers including Natalie Aroyan, Anna-Louise Cole, Michael Honeyman, Milijana Nikolic and Sian Pendry will perform alongside the Opera Australia Community Choir, who will form the chorus.
Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said he is delighted to return to the Gold Coast after the success of The Magic Flute performed on the beach in 2014.
"To experience Verdi's masterpiece Aida on the beach will be an unforgettable opera experience. It's an honour to return to Queensland and we're grateful for the support of Griffith University making this possible," Mr Terracini said.
Nice to know - Arrive at any time from 5pm onwards to enjoy a range of gourmet snacks and drinks from the bar, with full dinner-size meals also available.
Need to know - The performance runs for two hours and forty minutes, with a 30-minute interval. Only low beach chairs permitted.