FANCY PANTS: Phantom fans (from left) Rob Harcourt, Michele and Michael Whitty and Karolyn Harcourt travelled from the Gold Coa
FANCY PANTS: Phantom fans (from left) Rob Harcourt, Michele and Michael Whitty and Karolyn Harcourt travelled from the Gold Coa

Opera at The Channon a resounding success

By MARY MANN

FOUR Phantoms of the Opera kicked back with a glass of red and a bite to eat, and attired in flowing velvet capes, at Opera at The Channon yesterday.

Joined at Coronation Park by another 700 opera fans, Rob and Karolyn Harcourt and Michele and Michael Whitty said the fancy dress was 'all in the name of embarrassing our children'.

"We dress up whenever we can," Mr Whitty said.

"We're too old to care what people think now. It's a lot of fun."

The group attended the performance last year and said it was so fantastic, they had come back for a second dose.

Opera at The Channon celebrated its 10th birthday this year.

The event is a major regional social occasion which has contributed more than $100,000 to charity over the past decade.

Performers at the event are from the Young Artists of Queensland Opera.

Ballina resident Jeanette Mangleson-Henry attended the event for the first time yesterday and said she had not realised what she had been missing out on.

"It's absolutely fabulous that we can have this here," she said.

"The best part is being outdoors, because you can hear the wind rustling in the leaves of the trees as the performers sing. It's really special."

Event host John Colwill said tickets for the performance had sold out in the first week they were available.

Opera at The Channon is presented each year by the Rotary Clubs of Lismore and Lismore Central.

Proceeds from the day go to assisting the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and combined local charities.



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