This weekend the Hydro Majestic hosts a two-day festival of opera and chamber music with accompanying food and wine.

In its heyday, the Hydro Majestic was renowned as a pleasure dome where guests danced the night away in the beautiful vaulted ballroom, flocking to its infamous fancy dress balls in the 1920s.

The Casino Dome, Hydro Majestic. Photograph © David Hill, Deep Hill Media

Built by dashing retail baron, world traveller, hydrotherapy evangelist and notorious cross-dresser Mark Foy, the Hydro Majestic opened its doors in 1904. Situated along the escarpment edge of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, the decadent hotel overlooks the picturesque Megalong Valley. It has had many facelifts in its time, reopening most recently in 2014 after a $30 million redevelopment to restore it to its former glory.

Now opera and chamber music lovers have the chance to savour a series of concerts at the historic building as part of the second Blue Mountains Opera Festival, taking place there this coming October long weekend.

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