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Heritage-listed reservoir to host underground opera event

18 July, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will today (18 July) provide a sneak peek inside Council’s heritage-listed Spring Hill Reservoirs, ahead of an Australian-first event, Opera in the Reservoir, to be held throughout August.

Padlocked for almost 50 years and never before opened to the public, the Opera in the Reservoir will activate this historic landmark as an entertainment venue for the first time.

The Lord Mayor said that Opera in the Reservoir was the latest unique opera experience created by the Underground Opera Company, and was an endeavour three years in the making in partnership with Council.

“The Spring Hill Reservoirs have a rich history, being built by convicts 150 years ago from 1871-1882, and forming part of Brisbane’s first gravity-fed water supply,” Cr Quirk said.

“For many years the two Reservoirs stored and supplied over 2.2 million litres of water to Brisbane but were decommissioned in 1966 when they could no longer cater to the city’s growing population.

“There has never been any events housed in the reservoirs until now, and I congratulate the Underground Opera Company for their vision, passion and investment in making this truly unique entertainment offering a reality.”

Opera in the Reservoir will see up to 124 guests at each matinee (1:30pm) or evening (7:30pm) show, seated inside the larger six-metre deep reservoir that has brick arches and cross walls that divide the interior into 4.5 metre squares.

Underground Opera Company Director Bruce Edwards said the Opera in the Reservoir would be a once-off season of 30 professional opera and musical theatre concerts with exquisite singers and pianists from all over Australia being invited to perform.

“The Reservoirs are the ultimate space for our company – they are underground, rustic, earthy, conducive to acoustic singing and they have a special place in the historical heart of all Brisbane people,” Mr Edwards said.

Council is dedicated to fostering an innovative and creative community and to providing opportunities for everyone to participate in the cultural life of a diverse and vibrant Brisbane.

The reservoirs are adjacent to the well-known Spring Hill Tower Mill, also Heritage-listed.
Tickets for the August season are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com.au

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