Aida on the Beach


Aida on the Beach

Coolangatta Beach


A royal love triangle, a fight for freedom and the famous ‘Triumphal March’ will light up the sky when Aida comes to the beach in 2017.

It’s a night at the theatre, re-imagined for the kind of evening where you couldn’t bear to go inside.

A huge cast and orchestra perform Verdi’s famous music in a new production featuring fireworks of the vocal and exploding kind, colourful costumes and local surf life savers parading past you on the sand.

We open the site at 5pm, so arrive as the sun is setting and take in the view with a glass of bubbles as dusk falls. Meet your friends and family for an alfresco dinner, then settle in for a night of singing and spectacle at the water’s edge.

Dining and drinks

There are three pop-up bars at Coolangatta Beach, exclusively for Griffith Opera on the Beach — Aida. The flavours of northern Africa and the Middle East come together in a range of menus designed to complement Verdi's Egyptian masterpiece. See the menus.

Please don't bring a picnic. Only food and beverages purchased on site can be consumed within the venue.

Let us prepare your picnic for you

A charcuterie selection, and a baguetteLet us prepare your picnic for you with the Radamès Hamper ($95 for two) or Amneris' Basket ($75 for two). All you have to do is pick up your picnic basket from the Foreshore Beach Bar when you arrive at Griffith Opera on the Beach. Inside will be premium quality disposable plates, cutlery, and napkins.

Simply add the hamper of your choice to your cart after selecting tickets for Aida on the Beach. If you already have tickets, sign in to your account and go to 'upcoming performances' to add a hamper.

Seating Information

A-reserve seating at Opera on the beach includes a low-set
         beach chair on the sand.

The A-reserve seating section includes a low-set beach chair on the sand. Seats are not allocated, and are by general admission.

B-reserve and C-reserve seating is on the sand at Opera
         on the Beach

B-reserve and C-reserve seating is on the sand. You can bring your own blanket or chair (but the back of the chair should be no taller than 80cm from the ground).

See more information about location and seating 


The performance of Griffith Opera on the Beach — Aida on Friday 22 September was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. Ticketholders should contact the customer service centre where tickets were originally purchased to arrange an exchange or refund.

To exchange into the performance on Saturday 23 September, please visit the box office at Coolangatta Beach from 10am on Saturday 23 September.

To exchange into a performance of Aida on the Beach on 28, 29 or 30 September, or to organise a refund, please call from Monday at 9am.

Opera Australia (02) 9318 8200 | QTIX 136 246

Travelling to the Gold Coast for Opera on the Beach?

Check rates from Aida’s official hotel partner, Sofitel Gold Coast.

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Conductor Tahu Matheson
Director Hugh Halliday
Set Designer David Fleischer
Costume Designer Anna Cordingley
Lighting Designer David Walters
Sound Designer Adrian Riddell
Choreographer Elise May from Expressions Dance Company
Assistant Director Ann Reid
Aida Natalie Aroyan*
Anna-Louise Cole
Radamès Arnold Rawls
Amneris Milijana Nikolic*
Sian Pendry
Amonasro Michael Honeyman
Ramfis Gennadi Dubinsky
The King David Hibbard
High Priestess Leah Thomas
Opera Australia Chorus Dean Bassett
  Annabelle Chaffey
  Malcolm Ede

Mary-Ann Fraser

  Stuart Haycock
  Lynette Murray
  Sitiveni Talei

Opera Australia Community Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra supported by musicians from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University 

Dancers from Expressions Dance Company

* 21, 23, 28, 30 September

22, 29 September

Presented by Opera Australia in partnership with City of Gold Coast and Tourism & Events Queensland and in association with Bleach* Festival.


Running time: approximately 2 hours & 40 minutes, including one 30-minute interval.

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The StoryHide

A rebellion is brewing on Egypt’s borders, and for both the oppressor and the oppressed, loves and loyalties are about to be tested.

Egypt needs a hero to lead their army, and the High Priest has chosen Radamès. Egypt’s fortunes will turn on his sword, but Radamès has a higher purpose. Through victory in battle, he hopes to win the hand of the beautiful slave girl Aida — handmaiden to the princess Amneris, and secretly, an Ethiopian princess.

Aida is torn between her love for the Egyptian hero and her despair for the country he must march against — her homeland.

And the Princess Amneris, who also desires Radamès, is beginning to have suspicions that her hero might prefer her slave…

As Radamès returns to Egypt in triumph, Aida is greeted with a terrible sight — her father Amonasro, the King of Ethiopia, is among the slaves.

Just when all seems lost, the King of Egypt deals another blow: promising the triumphant Radamès his daughter Amneris’ hand.

On the banks of the Nile, the lovers arrange to meet one last time.

But the conquered Ethiopian King has a plan to save his country. Aida has to make a devastating choice.

In the darkness, the King’s plan, Aida’s conflicted heart and Radamès’ steadfast love collide in a devastating finale.

Not afraid of spoilers? Read the full synopsis.

Griffith Opera on the Beach: Aida is located at Coolangatta Beach, Marine Parade, Coolangatta, Gold Coast (near the corner of Marine Parade and McDonald Street).

Venue map (pdf)

Surrounding area map (pdf)

All seating for Griffith Opera on the Beach is on the sand.

Premium, A-reserve, B-reserve and C-reserve are all seated by general admission so we recommend arriving early. There is no undercover seating.

In the Premium section, standard chairs will be provided and will be on a hard surface.  In the A-reserve section, a low-set beach chair on the sand will be provided. If you're sitting in B-reserve or C-reserve on the sand (no chair provided), you're welcome to bring your own chair (but the back of chair should be no taller than 80 cm from the ground). If you don't want to bring a chair, we recommend bringing a blanket, towel, or beach mat to sit on.

Griffith Opera on the Beach is an open-air and all-weather event

The venue, audience seating, and the stage are completely uncovered. The event is an all-weather experience and Opera Australia is committed to going ahead with a performance of Griffith Opera on the Beach even in doubtful or unfavourable weather conditions. Please come prepared so that you are as comfortable as possible, and ready to support the performers, who will carry on singing in the rain.

Bring warm and waterproof clothing

The weather is full of surprises so we recommend that you dress with this in mind and bring warm, weatherproof clothing. Please note that although umbrellas can be brought to the venue, out of consideration for other members of the audience they cannot be used during the performance.

Performance pauses and cancellations

We will only cancel a performance during electrical storms (within 10km radius) or during times of extremely high winds and/or rain. The decision to cancel a performance is not made until 6.30pm or later and a cancellation may be called during the performance. Please plan to travel to the venue for a 6.30pm performance start time even in unfavourable weather conditions.

In some weather conditions Griffith Opera on the Beach may have a delayed start time or be paused for up to 50 minutes at any point throughout the performance.

Auxiliary expenses including travel, accommodation or hospitality which you have arranged in conjunction with the performance are at your own risk and not refundable by Opera Australia.

Public transport

If you're travelling from the northern Gold Coast by public transport, the G-Link (light rail) can take you from Surfers Paradise or Southport to Broadbeach. From Broadbeach, Gold Coast bus 700 departs and goes through Mermaid Beach, Miami, Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach, Currumbin, Tugun and Bilinga to Coolangatta, taking about 45 minutes.

Travelling from Brisbane to Coolangatta via train is an option, and takes about 2 hours. Take the train from Brisbane to Varsity Lakes, and Gold Coast bus 760 can take you from there to Coolangatta.

Gold Coast bus 700 operates extended hours on weekends, with late night services that will depart post performance, however Gold Coast bus 760 does not.  

This information is provided as a guide only. Please plan your journey at or call 13 12 30.



If you're travelling from Brisbane or from the south, the main route is via the Pacific Highway. The drive from Brisbane to Coolangatta takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on traffic.

If you're planning on travelling by car, please be advised that there will be road closures due to the event, and traffic congestion is likely. Details on road closures will be posted here closer to the event.

Limited parking is available close to the venue and we highly recommend arranging an alternative drop off/meeting point, or using public transport if you can.

Details on parking options will be available closer to the event.



Gold Coast Cabs on 131 008 or (07) 5588 1234 if calling from outside of the Gold Coast. You can also book online at

Tweed Heads Coolangatta Taxi Service on 133 422 for bookings from Tweed Heads, or on 1300 656 818 for bookings from other areas. Or visit

There is a taxi rank located outside the entrance of The Strand at Coolangatta on Marine Parade.

Opera Australia is committed to the rights of all people to experience our events. As such, we have implemented specific access measures for Griffith Opera on the Beach: Aida to welcome guests with access needs.

For access information please contact Opera Australia on +61 2 9318 8200 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or QTIX ticketing offices on 136 246.

What time does the venue open, and when does the show start?

The venue opens at 5pm, and the performance will start at 6:30pm. 

What should I wear?

There are no rules about what to wear at an opera performance. It is always great fun to frock-up for the occasion and make a glamorous night of it, but dressing up is not mandatory. This is an outdoor event so most importantly dress for all weather conditions and sitting on the sand.

Can I bring a picnic?

Please don't bring a picnic. Only food and beverages purchased on site can be consumed within the venue.

There are three pop-up bars at Coolangatta Beach, exclusively for Griffith Opera on the Beach — Aida. See the menus.

Is there a cloak room?

There are no cloak room facilities available. We don't recommend that you bring large or bulky items or items of significant value.

Where will I be sitting?

Griffith Opera on the Beach is General Admission with allocated seating reserves (Premium, A, B and C). There is no undercover seating.

In the Premium section, standard chairs will be provided and will be on a hard surface.  In the A-reserve section, a low-set beach chair on the sand will be provided. If you're sitting in B-reserve or C-reserve on the sand (no chair provided), you're welcome to bring your own chair (but the back of chair should be no taller than 80 cm from the ground). If you don't want to bring a chair, we recommend bringing a blanket, towel, or beach mat to sit on. Camping chairs will not be permitted on site.

See the location maP with seating arrangements

Can I take my seat if I arrive late?

To ensure the enjoyment of all audience members, we are unable to seat latecomers until a suitable break in the performance. This break may not be until interval.

Can I purchase food and drinks at the venue?

A range of food and beverages will be available at the venue from 5pm. See the options.

Please don't bring a picnic. Only food and beverages purchased on site can be consumed within the venue.

Can I bring my own drinks?

Only beverages purchased at the venue will be permitted – sorry, no BYO. And of course, you must be over 18 to purchase or consume alcohol at the venue.

Is there an ATM?

There won't be any ATM facilities at Griffith Opera on the Beach. There are ATMs very close by on Marine Parade.

How will I follow the story if it's in Italian?

Aida is sung in Italian with English surtitles. Don’t worry if you can’t follow every word as the action will convey a great deal of the story. If you wear glasses make sure you bring them along.

Is there an interval?

There will be one 30 minute interval so you can have a drink, freshen-up and stretch your legs. When you hear the bells ringing, it's time to return to your spot.

When should I clap?

Opera audiences are famous for their passionate involvement in the performance. Don't be alarmed if the people around you start stomping their feet at the end of the performance, this is an opera tradition to show your enjoyment and appreciation, feel free to join in if you like. All applause will be gratefully received, although it is polite to wait until the singing and music has stopped.

Can I take photos of the performance?

The recording (audio or video) and taking of photos (including camera phones) during the performance is prohibited. Please feel free to take photos of the venue before and after the show.

Can I leave my phone on during the show?

We request that mobile phones are turned off prior to the performance. If you must keep your phone turned on, please place it on silent. Remember that light from your phone is distracting to other audience members.

Can I bring my children to Aida on the Beach?

People of all ages are welcome to attend, however all patrons must hold a valid ticket to enter the venue. Children 16 and under have discounted entry. Please note that prams are not allowed on the beach. 

Can I smoke at the venue?

Griffith Opera on the Beach is largely a non-smoking venue, however limited designated areas will be provided where smoking is permitted.

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