social gala

Music, champagne bars, oyster bars, food and wine stalls, and then the opera.

Music in the Vineyards returns for its 20th year on Saturday, October 14, but at a new location, Chateau Elan at Pokolbin.

“Chateau Elan is a much better fit,” event manager Paul Chesher says. “It is the right style of environment and has lots of charm and great facilities.”

“It is a new venture for the venue, and everyone is excited.”

Chesher emphasises it is a family-friendly event, and says it a great casual introduction to opera because of the “greatest hits” format of the concert.

Concert goers can bring a picnic dinner, but cannot bring their own alcohol into the venue.

There are also wine and cheese tastings from local producers, Hunter Valley chocolates and a range of other culinary delights available.

“We theme it very well,: Chesher says. “There are great food and wine stalls, too, to make the experience really special.”

The real stars are opera singers Cheryl Barker and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, flautist Jane Rudder and maestro Guy Noble. The program features works by Puccini, Bizet, Wagner, Rossini and Handel.

Gates open at 4pm and the concert commences at 7pm, finishing by 9.45pm. There is open-area picnic space and reserved seating available. Ticket sales are limited to 2000.

The weather is expected to be dry for the outdoor event, Chesher says.

 Ticket prices start at $25 for children 18 and under, up to $145 for premium seats.