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An outdoor evening of Opera at the Arboretum
Voices in the Forest is an outdoor classical concert held in the amphitheatre at the National Arboretum. This evening event is now in its 5th year and will feature world-renowned Mexican tenor, Diego Torre; Argentinian born Australia baritone, José Carbó and Australia's leading soprano, Cheryl Barker AO. Also performing will be Australia's Louise Page and Christina Wilson in front of the Voices of the Forest Orchestra.
The Voices in the Forest Youth Choir will be taking the stage as well as the Voices in the Forest Opera Chorus, one of Canberra's leading adult choirs.
The program will feature well-known operatic arias including a selection from Puccini's opera - La Bohème. The second act of the performance will feature this moving opera, with all three headline singers performing together.
An interesting tip from the organisers is how to appreciate the music after an aria is finished. "Bravo" congratulates a man, "Brava" congratulates a woman and "Bravi" congratulates everyone on the stage.
Keep in mind that this event will proceed in all weather, so sunscreen or even a poncho is advised. In 2014 the event was hampered by a storm rolling in, so organisers are hoping for kinder weather for the audience to enjoy the concert this year.
There will several stalls to buy food and drink, however if you wish to enjoy your music with a hamper and wine, you can order these beforehand here.
This spectacular event can be enjoyed with a beer, wine or soft drink, as you sit back and relax and appreciate the beautiful opera, acoustics and views from this scenic hilltop location.
There will be a variety of tickets to choose from, depending on your location within the amphitheatre. The general seating area (green) is $45 for adults and $25 for children aged 6-16. The Reserved ticket prices then start at $79 a ticket to up to $160. See here for more information.
When you buy your ticket you need to select how you will be arriving. If you are driving there you will need purchase your parking ticket beforehand for $20 a car - no ticket, no parking. There will also be a free bus running from the city, see the website for details.
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After the performance you can meet the singers and VIP guests at a Cocktail Party ($45 per person) in the Arboretum Village Centre. The party will be a stand up function which includes canapes, wines, beer and soft drinks. The function will start immediately after the concert at 9.30pm.
Cocktails at the Arboretum Village Centre. Source: National Arboretum website
With volunteers helping with car parking, buses regularly transporting people to the venue and plenty of food on offer, the organisers have everything in place for a spectacular evening. Their website encourages people attending to "Frock up and get fancy" for this traditional Opera concert.
The venue is the ideal place for a concert of this magnitude and with such talented performers all on the one stage, it will be a night to remember.