Gippsland Opera proudly present


Opera By The Lakes



Sunday, March 19th 2017 gates open at 12 noon

Car park opens at 11am

Access at 12 noon is from the Gate House at Nyerimilang, tickets are essential to gain entry.

1pm Official Opening by

Graeme Baxter Regional Director Parks Victoria Eastern Region Welcome by Andrea & Keith Ford Gippsland Opera

Performance commences straight after opening.  



Nyerimilang Hertiage Park stunning venue, with glorious views

of the East Gippsland Lakes.  Glorious voices, beautiful music




2016 link to utube Opera By The Lakes


March 19th 2017 O.B.T.L. 

Gippsland Opera are proud to announce


Featured Artist: Silvie Paladino


Silvie Paladino has established herself as one of Australia’s most versatile and talented entertainers.

During 1989, Silvie was offered the role of Eponine in Les Miserables, an exciting opportunity for an eighteen year old. She continued performing the role for a further twelve months touring Australia and New Zealand to critical acclaim. She received the same recognition in 1992 when she accepted an invitation to perform the role of Eponine on the West End in the London production of Les Miserables. In 1997, Silvie was invited to return to London where she performed the role of Fantine in Les Miserables for a successful two-year season.

Silvie’s other Australasian credits include her one-woman show Silvie Paladino Sings Streisand (Green Room Award nomination), the role of Jeannie in Hair, Grizabella in the Australian and Asian tour of Cats, Ellen in Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian premiere of Miss Saigon, Donna in the smash hit Mamma Mia!, Rita in the world premiere of Sideshow Alley and, for The Production Company, The King And I and Florence in Chess (Green Room Award and Helpmann Award nomination) and Clara in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion.

Apart from her theatrical credits, she is well known to Australian audiences through her regular television appearances including Carols by Candlelight for the Nine Network






We are pleased to announce that we have also secured 

Bass Baritone JEREMY KLEEMAN Vic Opera and Opera Australia star 

with a voice the critics say is like 'Rich Dark Chocolate'

Jeremy has just been nominated for a Helpmann Award for

Vic Opera's Voyage to the Moon 

Performing in South Australia's Opera Company in Tim Winton's 'Cloud Street'


Opera Australia Marriage of Figaro playing the title role of Figaro

Critics say he is charismatic singer and performer, Mr Personality



 Along with Jeremy Kleeman we have

Coloratura Soprano: Georgia Wilkinson with the voice that soars like an angel

Georgia was accepted into Italy's opera schools and made her

debut in International Opera in Germany playing the lead

role in Mozart's Magic Flute.

Georgia last Christmas at the Sydney Bowl was announced as one of

eight of the most promising young opera singers in Australia.

Georgia is also singing  duets with David Hobson 'From Bach to Bing'

This young singer is certainly going places.



Coloratura Soprano: Georgia Wilkinson 





Opera Scholars of Australia semi finalists

our very own East Gippsland singers Madelene Crombie and Shakira Dugan

BREAKING NEWS just announced the winner of Opera Scholars 2017

is Soprano Madelene Crombie from Metung.

plus winner 2016 Opera Scholars Stephen Marsh

Shakira Dugan back stage Melb Opera Madelene Crombie & Stephen Marsh


Another coup the award winning popular addition ll Davo the 5 guys Opera group from SUITS

Make no mistake. although they are huge fun, and the audience LOVE THEM, 

most of these guys are also professional opera singers


This is going to be our best Opera By The Lakes yet with a star studded line up








Car Park opens at 11am

East Gippsland Brass Band playing, coffee, ice cream truck,

 Bower Birds Boxed lunch collection point.

Step back in time when.....

The original owners of Nyerimilang 1891 Martha and Frank Stuart and servants

greet you in the dress of the day  

Nyerimilang Heritage Park.

Gates open at 12 noon. Ticketed event.

Performance begins at 1.15pm

East Gippsland Symphonia 30 pce strong orchestra playing from noon to

whilst you munch that boxed delicious lunch with profits going to

Bairnsdale Regional Health Services

Lightfoot Wines will be available to purchase from Friends of Nyerimilang.

Thank you to the Local business's who help supply contents of those boxed lunches:

Picnic Point Farm (Apples) Mmmm Truffles (Chocolates) Long Paddock (Cupcakes)

Afternoon teas available from Red Cross/ Tea and coffee available to purchase

at any time during the day.


TICKETS: Available at our ticket outlets listed below.

Just Books (next to Paper Chase café) 166 Main St Bairnsdale (Cash only)


Just Books 563 The Esplanade Lakes Entrance (Cash Only)


The easiest method without you leaving home if you have a credit card

Ring Gippsland Opera Box Office Andrea Ford on  0409771526

or Keith Ford on 0409771513

pay by credit card and have tickets posted out to you.

Gippsland Opera accept Visa or Mastercard


If paying by cheque make cheque out to Gippsland Opera & post to

Gippsland Opera

P.O. Box 1728 Bairnsdale 3875


Booking Office & Information:  Andrea Ford: 0409771526 or 5152.7155



In the envelope will be the order form for the boxed lunches, choose what you would like

and take it to Bairnsdale Information Centre to pay and receive your lunch voucher

which you redeem on the day outside the gate before walking in. Remember you must

FIRST purchase your ticket.


Delicious Boxed lunches pre ordered from Bairnsdale Information Centre (profit to B.R.H.S.)

Carmen's Wine Bar

La Boheme Café (profit to Red Cross)

Don Giovanni Picnic Lawn if bringing your own picnic


Performance takes place at the beautiful natural amphitheatre at Nyerimilang


With chairs in place.


Further information Artistic Director: Andrea Ford 0409771526


Ticket Prices:

Concession: $60

Senior:       $65

Adults:        $70

Children:     $20 under 16

Group Bookings: 10 or more are all at concession price $60 each

Its an event where you can come comfortably by yourself, or with a group

End of the event day, gate to top end of car park for pedestrians will be opened,

as well as the bottom end of car park so you can access your cars.

Gate House is another pedestrian exit. Take your time on entry and exit, there is no




Do you require accommodation?


Information in details will be in your envelope

Can I get a refund? No refunds. If Nyerimilang is closed by Parks Vic for extreme weather

then the event is still held on that day, with same performers, chairs still supplied

at Presentation Hall, Nagle College 20 Bairnsdale Dargo Rd., Bairnsdale

Information will be relayed by electronic signs or this web site

OR ABC radio or local RegFM  or ring Information Centre Bairnsdale

5152 3444  - but unlike many outdoor events we do have a PLAN B


It is important to fill in your booking form with all your details this will not be given to

any other organisation, it is only for Gippsland Opera, you will not be contacted even for Gippsland Opera events, if you tell us that.  Your privacy is always foremost.