The Pearl Fishers opera tells the story of two fishermen on the island of Sri Lanka who are best friends and fall in love for the same woman.
“We’ve been planning this event now for about a year, so it does happen a bit in advance,” the DSO’s artistic director Matthew Wood said.
“People don’t realise perhaps how much work goes into an event like this. It’s a huge commitment.
“We do roughly about six to eight concerts a year and generally that requires about six weeks of rehearsal for every concert.”
The orchestra and singers will perform at Darwin’s waterfront on Saturday.
A week later, the orchestra, about 60 instruments, and three opera singers will travel to Nhulunbuy in East Arnhem Land for another free performance at the site of the Garma Festival.
It will not be the first time the orchestra has played at a remote location.
Two years ago, the Darwin Symphony Orchestra performed at the foot of Uluru. It has also played at Groote Eylandt, Pine Creek, and Katherine.
David Hobson, the tenor, said playing in an Aboriginal community will be interesting for everyone involved.
Opera singers, orchestra to perform love story Pearl Fishers in remote Arnhem Land town of Nhulunbuy – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)