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

The Opera Australia Orchestra performs for Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet during their respective Sydney seasons. Formerly the Sydney Elizabethan Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Opera Australia Orchestra has earned a reputation for warmth of sound and impressive flexibility in the most challenging of environments. 

The repertory performance schedule of Opera Australia means that up to five different productions are being performed and prepared at any one time. Notable recent productions for Opera Australia in the last year have included: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour — Turandot, which saw the orchestra once again playing on a specially constructed harbour stage in the successful fifth presentation of this event; the acclaimed new production of Così fan tutte, directed by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Jonathan Darlington, and The Australian Ballet‘s smash hit production of Vitesse set to music by Michael Nyman. The orchestra was recently seen in concert on the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage to celebrate Opera Australia’s 60th Anniversary, welcoming back former musical director Simone Young. In September the orchestra performed in a run of My Fair Lady directed by Dame Julie Andrews.

For more information about the Opera Australia Orchestra, please contact us at:

T: 02 9699 1099
F: 02 9699 3184

Concertmaster and Artistic Advisor Jun Yi Ma 
Associate Concertmaster Huy-Nguyen Bui 
Deputy Concertmaster Katherine Lukey

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

Virginia Comerford Principal
Tara Houghton
Magda Kruszynska
Amanda Murphy

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

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

Elizabeth Pring Principal
Amanda Hollins Associate Principal

Diane Berger Principal

Conall McClure Principal
Matthew Tighe Associate Principal
Mark Bruwel

Cor Anglais
Rebekka Löw Guest Principal

Peter Jenkin Principal
Phillip Green Associate Principal
Richard Rourke

Douglas Eyre Principal
Matthew Ockenden Associate Principal
Gillian Hansen

Bourian Boubbov Acting Principal
Victoria Chatterley
Lisa Wynne-Allen

Joshua Clarke Principal
Craig Ross Associate Principal

Brian Evans Principal

Gregory van der Struik Principal
Brett Favell Associate Principal
William Farmer

Bass Trombone
Brett Page Principal

Edwin Diefes Principal

David Clarence Principal
Allan Watson Associate Principal

Shaun Trubiano Principal
Kevin Man Associate Principal

Jane Rosenson Principal

Orchestra Victoria

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