Opera Australia casts its productions from an ensemble of Australian artists, with regular appearances by international guest artists.
The ensemble includes opera singers, dancers, conductors, musicians and repetiteurs, with around 200 people in the areas of scenic construction and painting, lighting, design, direction, wardrobe, wig-making, management and administration.
The Opera Australia Orchestra is the busiest of all Australian orchestras, giving around 300 performances of opera, ballet, musical theatre and concert works each year.
The orchestra was formed in 1967 by the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust to be the key performance partner for Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet. It subsequently played for many years as the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, becoming part of Opera Australia in 1991.
Resident at the Sydney Opera House, the Opera Australia Orchestra performs with some of the world’s finest conductors, vocal artists and dancers. Internationally recognised as a distinguished ensemble of the highest calibre, exceptional seasonal and freelance musicians support the core orchestra.
Catalin Ungureanu Principal 1st Violin
Tony Gault Principal 1st Violin
Airena Nakamura Principal 2nd Violin
Mark Fitzpatrick Associate Principal 2nd Violin
Diane Berger Principal
John Lewis Principal
Jane Rosenson Principal
During Opera Australia seasons at the Arts Centre Melbourne, our performance partner is Orchestra Victoria.
The Young Artist Program is a training program for selected young Australian opera singers. Designed to strengthen and supplement their already evident talent and performance skills, the program involves them closely with rehearsal and performance activity.
We are most grateful for the support provided to enable the participation of singers in the Young Artist Program.
Our 2023 young artists
The Patricia H. Reid Orchestral Fellowships is an annual program designed to provide professional development to exceptional early career string musicians. Fellows will be involved in rehearsals and performance of mainstage opera and ballet works over a 12 month period with mentoring from members of the Opera Australia Orchestra. This Fellowship is generously supported by the Patricia H. Reid Endowment.
Our 2023 Fellows