Goondiwindi's Opera in the Gardens was a musical delight

Opera stars and group Encanto with Opera in the Garden organiser, Viv Cranney.
Opera stars and group Encanto with Opera in the Garden organiser, Viv Cranney.

"Bravo! Bravo!"

The organisers of Saturday's Opera in the Garden have been drowning, happily, after being flooded with applause and praise.

"We've have been inundated with texts and calls from well wishers such as, 'Bravo. Bravo' to, 'What a magical night all round'," Opera in the Gardens Committee member, Viv Cranney said.

More than 200 people turned up with coats, blankets and a thirst to be entertained under the stars.

For many it was their first taste of opera and from the comments we heard, none were disappointed.

Here's just a few: I couldn't have been more proud of our community, one said.

"There was so much involved in preparing for such an event but every facet of the occasion was well attended to even down to having rugs and blankets to beat the sudden cold weather," said another.

But it wasn't just the audience who enjoyed the night and the performances.

"We are delighted that the performers enjoyed themselves and are happy to return - as long as it is in a warmer month!" Viv said.

They were sopranos Louise Dorsman and Nikki Hill, who grew up on a property near Croppa Creek, tenor Glenn Lorimor, baritone Doug McRae and musician Kylie Losv. They were joined by local vocal group Encanto. They sang a mixture of favorites, everything from Barber of Seville and Carmen to the Pink Panther.

But the unsung hero was the Botanical Gardens stage and surrounds.

It certainly had old stagers, and Botanic Garden "grandfather" Bruce McCollum singing its praises.

And we can't argue.

"More, more!" we say.

Money raised from the night goes to the Cancer Council.

The Opera in the Garden was all part of Discover Farming, a month-long festival which celebrates, farming, innovation and lifestyle.

It continues on Friday afternoon with a Walking Food Trail. There's Inglewood tours and a Secret Eat Street in Goondiwindi on Sunday. Go to the website for more information.

If that's not enough there's music trivia at the state school on Friday night and the Hawks' Hover at Riddles Oval on Saturday night.