GERTRUDE OPERA PICNIC AT NOORILIM
Saturday April 14 at 4pm
"From Alcina you will receive the sceptre and the power and you will be the happiest of mortals. But you will soon become no more than beast, tree or rock."
Alcina is a sorceress, thousands of years old.
She uses her powers to appear irresistible to the men who wash up shipwrecked on her island, and when she has finished with them, transforms them into stone.
Presenting a world where women rule, risk all for love, and wreak havoc upon unsuspecting hearts and minds, ALCINA is full of ravishing melodies, drama,
suspense, magic and beauty.
Gertrude Opera presents Händel's deliciously tuneful opera, sung in English, with translation by Amanda Holden (UK), and with chamber orchestra.
Staged in the exquisite grounds of the Noorilim Estate, prepare to be enchanted by a magical, sensual,
opera indulgence, with a luxurious one-hour picnic interval in the gardens.
For Group Booking Discount (8 or more)
and VIP Corporate Packages, email
Bring food, or pre-order picnic box
Wine, sparkling wine, beer, water and soft drink available for purchase (Lic. Premsies - no BYO Alcohol)
Gates open 3:15pm Event ends 7:15pm
Free onsite parking
G. F. Händel
A quick who's who
British music historian Roderick Swanston tells the story of the evil sorceress Alcina, in a lovely little animation from the Barbican Centre
'Tornami a vagghegiar' - Morgana's sublime aria from Händel's Alcina, sung by Dame Joan Sutherland.
For Gertrude Opera, the role will be performed by Alexandra Ioan (GO Studio Artist 2014-2015), in English.
GO Alcina Team
ALCINA Emily Burke
RUGGIERO Kristen Leich
MORGANA Alexandra Ioan
BRADAMANTE Rose Nolan
ORONTE Zachary McCulloch
OBERTO Chloe Wood
MELISSO Andrew Moran*
ENSEMBLE Louise Keast
Juan David Guzman
*Andrew Moran's performance kindly sponsored by the Italian Opera Foundation of Australia
In 2002 she continued her language studies in Italy and had much success on the international competition circuit – twice finalist in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program and winner of The Puccini Italian Foundation Award. Emily was then personally selected by Mirella Freni to study at her school in Vignola, Italy. In 2006 she made her debut singing Gilda in Rigoletto for Opera Aus
A Victorian Italianate mansion built by the Winter family and designed by James Gall with superb gardens on the Goulburn River
Brandon Menzies & Lucy Ivey