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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

2019 Program

Opera Australia’s 2019 program is a big season of new works, rare works, exciting collaborations and new productions of operas loved all over the world.

Explore a season full of highlights, including a haunting Wozzeck from contemporary artist William Kentridge and a playful showcase of virtuosic voices in the Australian premiere of Il Viaggio a Reims.

Experience a brand new opera from one of Australia’s most celebrated composers, Elena Kats-Chernin, that explores the life and art of Australian icon, Brett Whiteley. Or try a classic like La Bohème, Turandot, or The Marriage of Figaro.

In winter, dive into a new world of digital sets with a new production Madama Butterfly from Graeme Murphy and Donizetti’s Tudor masterpiece, Anna Bolena.

Jonas Kaufmann is returns to sing the captivating music of Andrea Chénier in concert. He’s just one of a number of stars coming back to Australia because they love to perform here. Michael Fabiano makes his debut as the title character in the ultimate Romantic opera, Werther. Lise Lindstrom makes a thrilling Salome.

Next year’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour will be Leonard Bernstein’s legendary West Side Story. Opera Australia will also be performing another production of West Side Story inside the Sydney Opera House.

Opera Australia 2019 Season

Opera Australia’s 2019 program is a big season of new works, rare works, exciting collaborations and new productions of operas loved all over the world.

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.