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.


$90 Adult

$75 Concession

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

                          Yu Lin

MELISSO             Andrew Moran*

ENSEMBLE           Louise Keast

                          Chloe Wood

                          Kate Bright

                          Yu Lin

                          Juan David Guzman

*Andrew Moran's performance kindly sponsored by the Italian Opera Foundation of Australia

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Noorilim Estate

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

Since 2015, TAHBILK WINERY, led by Alister Purbrick and his family, have been wonderful supporters of Gertrude Opera.

TAHBILK wine will be available for purchase at the Opera Picnic, and we encourage those of you staying a little longer to visit the Award-Winning historic winery, eat at the Café overlooking the billabong, step back in time as you enter the cellar door, and take an eco-trail walk:

54 O'Neils Road
Tabilk via Nagambie
P: (03) 5794 2555 

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