Handpicked Wines has secured a three-year partnership with Opera Australia for performances at the Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne and QPAC Brisbane.

As well as Handpicked Wines being poured at the venues the deal will see a range of collaborative events and experiences between the winemaker and Australia’s principal opera company.

Handpicked Wines Global Marketing Manager, Imogen Hayes, said: “We made a conscious choice three years ago to focus on cultural partnerships as opposed to partnerships in other industries. It allows us to be creative in how we present wine, as well as reach a new audience through interesting experiences like opera and wine events, or arts and wine talks, podcasts or live events.

“The best partnerships are the ones that are truly collaborative, where it’s not just about sales but also about creating something meaningful. It’s also nice to support in a small way the thriving arts community within Australia.”

Opera Australia CEO Rory Jeffes has welcomed the partnership with Handpicked Wines, highlighting the synergies between the two companies.

“OA is committed to providing memorable experiences for our guests, presenting operas of the highest standard, with some of the world’s most sought-after performers. Our partnership with Handpicked Wines is set to enhance those experiences even further. With both companies sharing a global vision for excellence, it’s certain to be a great benefit for both companies’ audiences,” said Jeffes.

The deal was driven by Handpicked’s former General Manager Jeffrey Tan and the Opera Australia team.

This year Opera Australia will present a diverse season including its first ever collaboration with Milan’s iconic opera theatre, La Scala, to stage the Australian debut of Verdi’s Attila in Sydney and Melbourne, plus the world’s first fully digital production of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle in Brisbane, and the award-winning Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof sung entirely in Yiddish, among many of the highlights.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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