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The Opera Australia Orchestra on the Concert Hall stage at Sydney Opera House

Orchestra

The Opera Australia Orchestra is the busiest of all Australian orchestras, giving around 300 performances each year.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, the OA Orchestra performs opera, ballet, musical theatre and concert works to international acclaim. 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.

For more information about the Opera Australia Orchestra, please contact us at orchestra@opera.org.au or on 02 9699 1099.


Concertmaster and Orchestra Director Jun Yi Ma
Associate Concertmaster Huy-Nguyen Bui 
Deputy Concertmaster Katherine Lukey

Violin
Catalin Ungureanu Principal 1st Violin
Tony Gault Principal 1st Violin
Airena Nakamura Principal 2nd Violin
Mark Fitzpatrick Associate Principal 2nd Violin
Virginia Blunt
Thomas Dundas
Rachel Easton
Yu-Qing Rebecca Irwin
Adrian Keating
Marek Kruszynski
Daniel Rosenbaum
Robert Sek
Jaroslaw Talar
Rachel Westwood

Viola
Virginia Comerford Principal
Tara Houghton
Amanda Murphy
Magda Kruszynska

Cello
Teije Hylkema Principal
Eszter Mikes-Liu Associate Principal
Andrew Hines Acting Assistant Principal
Pierre Emery
Margaret Iddison

Double Bass
Brett Berthold Principal
Andrew Meisel Associate Principal
Edmund Bastian
Bonita Williams

Flute
Elizabeth Pring Principal
Amanda Hollins Associate Principal

Piccolo
Diane Berger Principal

Oboe
Conall McClure Principal
Matthew Tighe Associate Principal
Mark Bruwel

Clarinet
Peter Jenkin Principal
Phillip Green Associate Principal
Richard Rourke

Bassoon
Douglas Eyre Principal
Matthew Ockenden Associate Principal
Gillian Hansen

Horn
Bourian Boubbov Principal
Victoria Chatterley
Lisa Wynne-Allen

Trumpet
Joshua Clarke Principal
Craig Ross Associate Principal

Cornet
Brian Evans Principal

Trombone
Gregory van der Struik Principal
Brett Favell Associate Principal
William Farmer

Bass Trombone
Brett Page Principal

Tuba
Edwin Diefes Principal

Timpani
David Clarence Principal
Allan Watson Associate Principal

Percussion
Shaun Trubiano Principal
Kevin Man Associate Principal

Harp
Jane Rosenson Principal


 

Melbourne Seasons

During Opera Australia seasons at the Arts Centre Melbourne, our performance partner is Orchestra Victoria.