Co-Opera brings culture to the bush

It has been three years since 300 people enjoyed the last opera performed by South Australian group CO-OPERA at Larras Lake North woolshed, just 12km north of Molong (or 30 mins drive from Orange or Wellington).

This new colourful production of Revenge of the Bat (Die Fledermaus) composed by Johann Strauss is sung in English, and set in the glamorous high society of 1920’s Art Deco Australia.

In the opening scene, Dr Falke tells how his best friend Eisenstein, after a drunken masked ball, leaves the doctor naked in the centre of town with only his mask to cover his crown jewels. 

This hideous embarrassment in front of the whole town requires revenge!

“Fun, mayhem and lots of champagne!” is a common theme through-out the show!

 The plot unfolds in this chic and funny adaptation, lured in by central character, Eisenstein, the man who decides to go to a party rather than go to gaol!

Co-Opera has been touring nationally and internationally for more than 20 years and is proud to be able to continue to provide affordable and accessible opera to Australian audiences. 

Revenge of the Bat will delight people of all ages and “will surely have people singing it on the way home”.

 The singers put on everything from bogan Aussie to posh mother country accents, morphing into fake French ones as the illusion of the revenge party, with disguises and assumed identities, go into full swing. 

The champagne flows freely all night in the performance, with the resultant dazed states and sore heads.

Co-opera has performed Revenge of the Bat in Melbourne, Canberra, Tumbarumba, Cootamundra and West Wyalong before arriving at Larras Lee Woolshed this weekend. It will then continue its Australian tour to Dubbo, Coonamble and Bourke.

This Saturday the opera will be held at Larras Lake North woolshed which was nicknamed the “Opera House” when built in 1972. The Larras Lee woolshed is located 10 mins north of Molong on the Mitchell Highway, and just 30 mins drive from Orange or from Wellington. Gates open 6pm for ‘boot picnics’ and the show starts 7.30pm, with cake and coffee served at 10pm. 

Tickets are $50 each, with all proceeds to go towards the community project “Animals on Bikes” tourist trail from Molong to Cumnock to Yeoval and the Dubbo Zoo. 

More information at or call Christine Weston 0411 208 240 or Gordon Welsh on 0402 826 534. We hope to see you there!