The unlikely bedfellows of opera and the outback have turned out to be an ideal match.
Following the success of Opera Australia's performance at Uluru in 2019 and a COVID-19 pause for 2020, the three-day event in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park will run on September 17-19, 2021 with Voyages Indigenous Australia.
Among the ghost gums at Sails in the Desert, the weekend will start with an open-air welcome dinner of native bush ingredients and arias from the final acts of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
At sunset on the Saturday, and next to Bruce Munro's Field of Light installation and its 50,000 glass spheres, the gala concert will include a performance of arias from Puccini, Rossini and Verdi, accompanied by a chamber orchestra conducted by Tahu Matheson.
It will cap off a day in which four of Opera Australia's singers and a string quartet will perform a selection of Brahms' the Liebeslieder Waltzes; on Sunday soprano and accomplished cellist, Taryn Fiebig will stage a recital.
Two dawn performances as the sun rises over Uluru are reserved for an audience of just 90 people each.
Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM, who will host the weekend, said they knew they were onto something special after the first Uluru performance.
"We were really touched by the feedback we received from guests who were visibly moved by the experience," he said.
Tickets to the Saturday evening gala concert can be bought as part of a two or three-night package with prices starting from $825 a person twin-share, including accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort and airport transfers.
Tickets to the three other performances can be purchased individually and cost from $315. Phone 1300 134 044, see www.ayersrockresort.com.au/operaaustralia