Northern Australia Primary Health Limited (NAPHL) is proud to be partnering with Opera Queensland for their regional tour to Townsville, helping to raise awareness of our not-for-profit organisation and how we help North Queenslanders.

Opera Queensland’s genre-crossing new production, Are You Lonesome Tonight, will kick creative goals when it plays Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Friday 14 May 2021 as part of a seven-week tour of regional and remote Queensland.

Northern Australia Primary Health Limited CEO Linda Kensington said the Townsville based not-for-profit organisation was proud to be partnering with Opera Queensland to stage the show-stopping cultural event on the try-line of the Queensland Country Bank Stadium.  

“We appreciate Opera Queensland and Queensland Country Bank Stadium’s partnership and support to raise awareness of the services NAPHL provides and how we support North Queenslanders, all through a spectacular performance under the stars," Ms Kensington said.

“We’re facing huge demand for our services, particularly in mental health. As a not-for-profit organisation delivering support to the most vulnerable people in North Queensland, we need our community's help to meet the demand for vital health services in allied health, mental health and Indigenous health."

"The aptly named performance Are You Lonesome Tonight provides a wonderful opportunity for our community to support these vulnerable people to access vital mental health support when they need it most,” Ms Kensington said.

"The community can also help us to meet demand by choosing our private practice NAPHL Health Hubs in Townsville and Cairns when they need health and wellbeing services. All profits from these clinics go back into delivering our low and no cost services to the most vulnerable people in North Queensland." 

You can also donate directly on the NAPHL website. 

Opera Queensland Director of Learning, Regional and Community Mark Taylor said Townsville’s new stadium was one of several unique and unconventional venues hosting a performance of the premiere new production.

"Are You Lonesome Tonight will perform under the stars from the try-line of Townsville’s new 25,000-seat Queensland Country Bank Stadium as well as some of the state’s most iconic locations including the Roma Saleyards, Longreach’s Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame, Winton’s Waltzing Matilda Centre and Mt Isa’s Buchanan Park, home to the largest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere,” Mr Taylor said.

“Townsville’s world-class stadium is a significant new piece of infrastructure for Queensland and one with a vision to be more than just a footy field; to be a meeting space, a cultural hub, a community venue.

“Come in your jeans and boots or your tuxedos and ballgowns – this is opera at its most diverse, accessible and exciting.”

Are You Lonesome Tonight weaves a story about life on the road through the arias of composers such as Puccini and Verdi and songs by Slim Dusty and Dolly Parton, directed by Laura Hansford alongside designer Penny Challen, the star-studded cast includes Irena Lysiuk, Marcus Corowa and Jonathan Hickey.

The cabaret-style production explores the extraordinary qualities and surprising similarities of opera and country music while travelling more than 7000km to play close to 30 communities, making it the most significant regional tour in the company’s history and a fitting centrepiece to Opera Queensland’s 40th birthday celebrations.

Are You Lonesome Tonight Director Laura Hansford said the tour is equal parts a celebration of opera and of country tunes, forming a creative and eclectic ensemble of iconic music.

“There is something for everybody, we love that audiences will get a mix of both opera and country music and a bit of something in between,” Ms Hansford said.

“Our premise for Are You Lonesome Tonight is to just to play good music, no matter where that sits or where it comes from. Good music doesn’t belong to a genre, it belongs to the people and the landscapes that we will be embracing wholeheartedly when we perform to audiences across Queensland.”

The state-wide tour was made possible through a partnership with Beef Australia and continues Opera Queensland’s deep commitment to regional audiences.

Beef Australia Chair Bryce Camm said the organisation was proud to partner with Opera Queensland for the unique opportunity to present the world premiere season of Are You Lonesome Tonight.

“This exciting partnership celebrates the diversity which exists across our sector. We look forward to bringing some joy and entertainment to regional Queenslanders as the production hits the road for an impressive tour,” Mr Camm said.

For performance times, venue information and to reserve tickets, visit https://bit.ly/OQlonesome