The 2015 Opera at The Channon has concluded – details of the 2016 event available in the the new year.

The Opera at The Channon will be held on Sunday 26 July 2015. Hosted by the combined Rotary Clubs of Lismore, Opera at The Channon is now in its 18th year and the 2015 event promises to again bring an afternoon of fine food, wine and song! Opera at The Channon was created in 1996 to provide the Northern Rivers region with a quality cultural event and raise money for local charities.Over the last 17 years Opera at The Channon has become one of the most popular cultural events on the NSW North Coast, featuring performers from the Young Queensland Opera Company and more recently Opera Australia. More than 600 people usually attend the event with around 250 enjoying the ‘fine dining’ luncheon. Following lunch, guests are treated to an afternoon of fine music and songs from famous and popular Operas, performed by some of Australia’s best operatic talent.

Packages Available


The Program

Sunday, July 26, 2015
At The Channon
11:00 - 11:45
Gates Open
11:45 - 13:30
Fine Dining Luncheon
13:30 - 14:30
Opera Performance Commences
14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:00
Opera Performance Continues
16:00 - 16:30
Concert Concludes and Buses Depart

The Performers

Vavachi Entertainment

Iain Henderson is a widely sought after young performer under the tutelage of Margaret Schindler. He joined Opera Queensland in 2011 and has performed as a member of the Chorus in La Fanciulla del West, Macbeth, Carmen, St Matthew Passion, Otello and Rigoletto. In 2013 Iain was the cover of the role of Roderigo in Otello. In 2014 Iain became a member of Underground Opera Company as a Solo Artist and performs regularly as a newly featured member of the company. Also in 2014, Iain made his debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as the Tenor soloist with the BBC’s Worldwide phenomenon The Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular to an audience of over 8,000

Versatile soprano Meg Kiddle, graduated from QLD Conservatorium in 2000 with a Bachelor of Music – Vocal Intensive Major (Classical) after which she spent a year studying at the Royal College of Music as an external student of Margaret Kingsley.Upon return to Australia Meg worked on the inaugural year of Opera QLD’s Moving Opera and working as a freelance artist. Meg had previously worked with Opera QLD in the children’s opera Sid the Serpent who wanted to Sing, Hercules (another children’s opera) and as the title role in Handel’s Agrippina

Tenor Roger Davy, a well-known face in Australia and Internationally, began his career as a boy soprano before taking up a contract with Opera Queensland and studying Opera studies at Queensland University where he performed the Tamino” in The Magic Flute “Don Jose” in Carmen, where he was part of their Young Artist Program. Moving to Sydney in 2001 Roger took up a contract with Opera Australia where understudied and performed roles including “Steva” in Jenufa, “Gabriele Ardorno” in Simon Boccanegra and was finalist in Royal Covent Garden Scholarship.

A regular performer with Vavachi Entertainment, Simone Nicole is an accomplished signer, entertainer and cabaret artist, with vast experience on the international stage in countries including Germany, Austria, USA, South America and Australia.Representing Australia at the 15th Annual World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, has been a career highlight for Simone, one that saw her bring home 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals in the Broadway, Opera, World, Open & Variety categories.

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Last Sunday was wonderful!

Thanks so much to you and your committee for once more organising the day……even the WEATHER! My friends had only praise for organisation and presentation of the day and have all put their hands up to go next year. The comic act added to the luncheon……I had a good laugh. The opera singers were lovely but the compere stole the show….he was so relaxed and connected with the crowd with his wit. Once more many many thanks for your superb contribution to the day in many ways

Congratulations to Rotary for a truly beautiful cultural event

I had an absolutely wonderful time! I can not praise you all enough for the amazing job you did.Right down to the buses the day went without a hitch. Congratulations to Rotary for a truly beautiful cultural event that is a credit to the Northern Rivers.

We had a wonderful time

Perfect weather, sublime music and gourmet food for our picnic. It all was superb and once again very well organised. We loved it all. All going well will be back next year. Perfect!


Opera buffs and guests are encouraged to dress formally. Prizes will be awarded for the best picnic table, best dressed man and lady and the most senior person. There are also FABULOUS raffle prizes to be won and drawn on the day. CLICK HERE FOR RAFFLE PRIZE INFORMATION

Tickets can be purchased online here, or from one of our retailers below
Planet Music, Lismore 25 Molesworth Street Lismore NSW 2480 (02) 6621 7784
ABC Store Ballina 85 River Street, Ballina Phone 0266862436

Opera buffs and guests are encouraged to dress formally and choose to either:

1. Enjoy a ‘fine dining’ luncheon experience in a grand marquee (bookings essential)
2. Enjoy a special barbeque lunch prepared and available for pre purchase (bookings essential)
3. Bring their own gourmet picnic and enjoy lunch in the grounds of Coronation Park

PLEASE NOTE: NO food sales available on the day without bookings.

Buses are available from selected venues to allow guests to enjoy the day without the hassle of driving, or you may wish to take advantage of the amazing accommodation packages available through Lismore & Nimbin Tourism. Bus tickets must be pre-purchased online here. Why not make a weekend of it!

Should wet weather prevent the event proceeding at Coronation Park , the venue will be ‘The Pavilion’ at Lismore Showground

Past Events Photos

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