The Spring Hill Reservoir
7.30pm Friday, Saturday, Wednesday & 1.30pm Saturday & Sunday
To celebrate Underground Opera’s 10th anniversary of extraordinary performances in breathtaking spaces, company founder and director Bruce Edwards has selected the best repertoire performed over the years to create one incredible concert experience.
April’s Opera in the Reservoir will feature the world class talents of Louise Dorsman, Dominique Fegan, Lionel Theunissen and Glenn Lorimer, accompanied by Mark Connors, taking on powerful arias, enchanting ensemble pieces and stunning duets to fill the sensational location that is The Spring Hill Reservoir.
The Reservoir, six metres below Wickham Terrace was launched as a performance space by UOC in August 2014, after lying idle for 50 years, previously supplying Brisbane its water.
The underground structure, complete with hand-lain brick archways, contributes to superb acoustics and ambience which entices audiences to enjoy an intimate performance, with just 120 patrons each night.
Join UOC for an evening or afternoon of celebration, guaranteed to pique your emotions, to laugh, cry and cheer!
Book your tickets for April’s season here.
What they say
I give a toast to the sweat and toil that has gone into transforming these wonderful old settings and also to this unique historical and theatrical experience. May there be many more!- Stage Whispers
Besides bringing a contemporary opera show to Brisbane, The Underground Opera Company has restored a historically important colonial structure and created an unusual and aesthetically pleasing performance space in the city.- Scenestr
Opera in the Reservoir” is a wonderful concept not just for its repurposing of the century-old structure, which once supplied Brisbane with water, but in its encouragement of Brisbane-ites to become cultural tourists in their own town.- Blue Curtains Brisbane
The Spring Hill Reservoir
The Spring Hill Reservoir is located just behind Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, on Wickham Terrace (look for the Old Tower Mill!).
The Spring Hill Reservoir is architecturally astonishing. Six metres underground, the reservoir is divided into 15 sections by headwalls, with each section joined by hand-lain brick archways, which have been standing for 140 years.
The acoustics are sensational, allowing our performers’ voices to resonate throughout the venue, with each audience member enjoying the beautifully stunning sound that is created, no matter where they are seated.
A stage has been built at the centre of four wings and the intimacy of the reservoir breaks down the barriers between the audience and the performers.
Please note: Concerts are suitable for patrons of all ages who are fit and able to descend stairs into the stunning Spring Hill Reservoir performance space.
Parking: Limited street parking is available. For evening shows and weekends, patrons can take advantage of a $10 flat rate when entering Wilsons Car Park after 6.30pm and leaving no later than 6.30am (225 Wickham Terrace, with entry to car park via Bartley Street). Pedestrian entry after 6.30pm is via the level 2 door on Bartley Street.
Week day parking rates – Business hours 6am – 6pm:
0 – 0.5 HR $5.00
0.5 – 1 HR $18.00
0.5 – 1.5 HR $22.00
1.5 – 2.0 HR $25.00
2.0 – 3.0 HR $30.00
3.0 HR + $32.00
Lost Ticket (per day) $35.00