A gift in your will
Of the many ways to help Opera Australia, one of the most valuable is by leaving a gift in your will to the Opera Australia Capital Fund.
The opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973 was a day of tremendous celebration and national pride. Huge crowds gathered at the site and at harbourside vantage points while millions more watched the festivities unfold via a live television broadcast. With its stunning Danish design, the building had “captured the imagination of the world”, Queen Elizabeth II observed.
Yet what is a magnificent Opera House — the single icon in the world that symbolises Australia — without opera? And opera of a standard which fills Australians with pride.
Nothing beats opera for its music, drama and spectacle. Plots recalling the universal themes of love, loss, joy and passion create the big moments in opera which evoke powerful emotions and move and inspire us beyond our everyday lives.
There are exquisite costumes, clever stage designs, dance elements, fabulous orchestras playing the most exhilarating music and of course, the singing voice, the human instrument which communicates emotions in a way that is unmatched by anything else. The result is storytelling at its most vivid.
Opera Australia's 2019 production of La Bohème at the Sydney Opera House. Photo: Keith Saunders
However, to produce this extraordinary art form — in our cities, in far-flung regional centres or on tour to international stages — requires time, labour and resource-intensive teams of talented people collaborating on the stage, below the stage, above the stage and away from the stage. Preparation begins well before the formal rehearsal period and the demands of complex music on singers’ voices are such that only a few performances are possible each week, reducing cost effectiveness.
Despite prudent cost management, Opera Australia relies on support from generous individuals to supplement other income sources in its endeavours to bring the very best opera to the stage.
The Opera Australia Capital Fund is a trust fund whose primary role is to build capital reserves to help ensure the ongoing financial viability of the national opera company.
Donations and bequests to the Fund are immediately invested to build a corpus which remains protected while the income generated is directed to Opera Australia in the form of annual grants.
These grants assist the company to maintain its high standards, expand its community outreach programs and pursue its mission of presenting opera that excites audiences and sustains and develops the art form.
Opera Australia's 2019 production of Il Viaggio a Reims at Arts Centre Melbourne. Photo: Prudence Upton
When it comes to preparing your will, it is only right that loved ones come first in your thoughts. However, many people also find a place in their will for a cause or organisation which is close to their heart as a way of giving back and making a difference beyond their lifetime.
If you are someone who:
- has loved Opera Australia’s performances,
- would like future audiences to be able to share in your joy of exceptional opera,
- is not in a position to financially support Opera Australia now, or perhaps to the extent that you would like, but would like to do so in the future,
- wants to see the best talent nurtured,
- wants to invest in programming that is bold, exciting and inspiring; a living product which keeps pace with our visually-oriented, digital age,
- would like Opera Australia’s work to be enjoyed by more people in as many places as possible and at the highest artistic standard,
- wants to support the Company’s important outreach programs to regional Australia and school children across our country, or
- would like to have a transformative impact beyond your lifetime,
we invite you to consider leaving a gift in your will to the Opera Australia Capital Fund to help secure the future of the national opera company for generations to come.
You don’t need to be wealthy to leave a gift in your will. Every contribution is valued and will make a difference.
The Children's Chorus in Opera Australia's 2017 production of Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci at the Sydney Opera House. Photo: Keith Saunders
Refer to this checklist (pdf) to ensure that your intentions are clear and carried out according to your wishes.
If you intend including the Opera Australia Capital Fund in your will, let us know by:
- downloading and returning a response form (pdf), or
- completing the online response form, or
- sending us a copy of the relevant section of your will, or
- sending us a letter of confirmation from your solicitor, or
- simply contacting us by e-mail, phone or letter
Nicole Car and Vitaliy Bilyy in Opera Australia's 2018 production of La Traviata at the Sydney Opera House. Photo: Prudence Upton
Leaving a gift in your will to the Opera Australia Capital Fund is a significant decision. As a token of our appreciation, supporters who demonstrate their regard for Opera Australia in this way and let us know of their intentions are invited to an annual special event as an opportunity to connect with like-minded opera friends and enjoy a closer involvement with Opera Australia.
If opera was important to a family member or special friend during their lifetime, you may wish to consider making a donation in their memory to the Opera Australia Capital Fund. This is a unique and meaningful way to celebrate their life and passion, while also contributing to the future of Opera Australia.
For confidential enquiries or further information, please contact:
Neroli Hobbins OAM
General Manager, Opera Australia Capital Fund
+61 2 9318 8386
Manager, Opera Australia Capital Fund
+61 2 9318 8305
PO Box 291
Strawberry Hills, NSW, 2012