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Opera Australia

Australia's National Opera Company

Australia’s national opera company was born when a band of idealists — butchers, pharmacists, newsagents — gave up their day jobs to celebrate the 1956 Mozart bicentenary with a season of four operas. Today, Opera Australia (OA) is Australia’s largest performing arts company, which each year presents an extensive season showcasing the world’s great opera and music theatre repertoire under the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House and at Arts Centre Melbourne, together with a regional touring program and performance broadcasts in cinemas and on national television and radio. In the 21st century, under artistic director Lyndon Terracini, OA has won the hearts of ever larger and more diverse audiences, giving more than 700 performances to more than half a million people every year.

“The Sydney Opera House should be heard and not just seen.”
The Wall Street Journal

2018 Program

Opera Australia’s 2018 season is a celebration of wonderful operas, extraordinary artists, great productions and a journey into the romantic world of some of the greatest composers and writers in the history of Western civilisation. 

We’re hosting some of the most outstanding international artists of the past fifty years. Leo Nucci and Ferruccio Furlanetto bring their celebrated interpretations of Rigoletto and Don Quichotte to Australia for the first time.

You’ll also hear superb Australian artists who are enjoying stellar international careers. 

Nicole Car sings Violetta in La Traviata for the very first time and Jessica Pratt performs her signature role, Lucia Di Lammermoor, alongside Michael Fabiano.

Danielle De Niese makes a welcome debut at the Sydney Opera House singing the title role in a new production of The Merry Widow.

Barrie Kosky returns to stage his spectacular production of The Nose.

Paolo Bordogna and Stacey Alleaume’s extraordinary vocal and comic gifts will bring the house down in The Turk in Italy.

A new production of Aida features three casts of some of the finest singers in the world. Amber Wagner, Yonghoon Lee, Riccardo Massi, Diego Torre and the rising Australian soprano, Natalie Aroyan, all perform during the season.

Outstanding international conductors Renato Palumbo, Andrea Battistoni, Guillaume Tourniaire, Andrea Molino, Carlo Montanaro and Andrea Licata are a cause for celebration and are featured throughout the year.

Lyndon Terracini AM, Artistic Director

Lyndon Terracini is the Artistic Director of Opera Australia, and has also enjoyed a highly successful international opera career as well as a successful career as an actor, director and writer.

Lyndon Terracini was appointed Artistic Director and CEO of the Queensland Music Festival in July 2000 and directed the 2001, 2003 and 2005 Festivals. He was appointed Artistic Director/CEO of Brisbane Festival in 2005 and Artistic Director/CEO of Major Brisbane Festivals in November 2007.

In 2014, Lyndon’s service to the performing arts as an opera performer, director and administrator was recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.