Craig Hassall, CEO of Opera Australia, has worked in the performing arts for over 28 years.
Prior to Opera Australia, Craig worked in London for almost nine years, firstly as CEO of English National Ballet, the national touring ballet company of the UK. Following this, Craig was Chief Operating Officer of Raymond Gubbay Ltd, responsible for new business and collaborative ventures in the commercial field of classical music, opera and ballet, primarily at the Royal Albert Hall. Craig also consulted on cultural aspects of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Before leaving Australia, Craig was Deputy General Manager of Sydney Theatre Company, responsible for marketing and fundraising. Between 1997 and 2000, Craig was General Manager of Image, Special Events and Olympic Arts Festivals for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. This role saw the delivery of the largest festival ever mounted in Australia, the 2000 Olympic Arts Festival, as well as the ground breaking Festival of the Dreaming in 1997.
Craig has served on the boards of Company B Belvoir, Glen Street Theatre, Object - Australian Centre for Craft and Design, English National Ballet School and is currently on the board of C4RD – Centre for Recent Drawing, London and LIFT, the London International Festival of Theatre.