KAITLYN Orange still has fond memories of listening to classical music with her grandfather - it's what initially inspired her to study and sing opera.
The 29-year-old Toowoomba music teacher was one of several hopefuls auditioning on Saturday for parts in Opera Queensland's performance of The Merry Widow at Jimbour House.
Ms Orange, an accomplished and award-winning soprano singer, said it was time for her to get involved with opera again after prioritising teaching for several years.
She said the appeal of opera was the emotion required to sing it.
"I have loved classical music ever since I was a child; I used to listen to it with my grandfather," Ms Orange said.
"I loved the passion and the emotion, the way it pulls you around and draws you in.
"I teach across genres but I have a real passion for classical music."
Ms Orange won the inaugural TS Burstow Opera Gala in 2009, using the prizemoney to fund a trip to London to study under singing legend Yvonne Kenny.
Despite making regular appearances on-stage, she said nerves were still a problem.
"I still get nervous. There's something about the adrenaline kick that you get from performing."
The Merry Widow performance will need 46 singers to join the cast that included Emily Burke and David Hobson.
Successful performers will form Opera Queensland's Toowoomba Community Chorus and sing all the audience favourites.
Opera Queensland's performance of The Merry Widow will be held at Jimbour House on July 22. For more information, head online.