INCREDIBLE: Soprano Leanne Kenneally left the Opera in the Vineyard audience at Ballandean Estate in awe during her performances at the weekend.
INCREDIBLE: Soprano Leanne Kenneally left the Opera in the Vineyard audience at Ballandean Estate in awe during her performances at the weekend. Erin Smith

Guests enjoy Opera in Vineyard from comfort of warm marquee

TENOR Rosario La Spina's performances at Opera in the Vineyard on Saturday were mesmerising.

THE close-to-freezing temperatures, drizzling rain and ice-cold wind was not enough to stop thousands flocking to the 22nd Opera in the Vineyard at the Ballandean Estate Winery.

Guests were not left to sit out in the open with organisers putting up a large marquee to keep the artists and audience members warm.

Many snuggled up with multiple layers and blankets.

The vocal prowess of tenor Rosario La Spina, soprano Leanne Kenneally and mezzo soprano Hayley Sugars left the audience amazed all afternoon.

John Colwill did a fantastic job compering the event, providing insights into the artists' lives, the music and, of course, the opera.

The event drew audience members from Brisbane, Bundaberg, Townsville and many other places across the state.

Bundaberg resident Mavis Cardillo described the performance as "amazing".

"I could have sat there all day and listened to it," she said.



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