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Our Donors

We are sincerely grateful to the individuals, organisations, trusts and foundations whose loyal support underpins everything we do. 

Dr Haruhisa Handa, Patron-in-Chief

Leading Patrons
Robert Albert AO RFD RD and Elizabeth Albert
Philip Bacon AM
Martin Dickson AM and Susie Dickson
Hans and Petra Henkell
David Li AM and Angela Li
Justice Jane Mathews AO
Metal Manufactures Limited 
Catriona Mordant AM and Simon Mordant AM
David Mortimer AO and Barbara Mortimer
Hamish Parker
Renaissance Tours
Andrew Sisson AO and Tracey Sisson
The Susan & Isaac Wakil Foundation
Maureen Wheeler AO
Anonymous (2)
Ambassador Patrons - $20,000+
Rosemary Block
Mrs K E Bryan
Richard Campbell
Juliana and Robert Clemesha
Mrs Rowena Danziger AM and Mr Ken Coles AM
Ms Christine Davis
Lady (Mary) Fairfax AC OBE
Jane Hansen
Ingrid Kaiser
Iphygenia Kallinikos and in memory of Despina Kallinikos
Mrs Suzanne Kirkham
Tom and Ruth O'Dea
Drs Keith & Eileen Ong
Dr Alison Pert and Rod Sims
Geoffrey Robertson AO
Graeme Robertson
Tim Robertson
Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky and Matthias Schlesewsky
Carol Sisson
Rachel Verghis and Sigurdur Arngrimsson
Ms Gabby Walters
Anonymous (2)

Artist Patrons - $15,000+
Antoinette Albert
Ballandry (Peter Griffin Family) Fund
Tom and Eva Begg
John and Jennifer Brukner Foundation
Ian Dickson and Reg Holloway
Katie and Vic French
Mr John Frost AM
Peter Griffin AM and Terry Swann
Tom Hayward and Fiona Martin-Weber
Jane Hemstritch
Professor J A Holland
Rex Irwin, Esq.
Mr Aron Kleinlehrer OAM
John Lamble Foundation
Marianne and Warren Lesnie
Mrs Juliet Lockhart
Lisa McKern
Nick and Caroline Minogue
Colin and Rosalyn Nicholson
In memory of Katharine Olsen
Mr Robert Peck AM and Ms Ivonne von Hartel AM
Helen and Phil Meddings
MIA Contract Lawyers
Lady Potter AC CMRI
Kenneth R Reed AM
Dr David and Dr Gillian Ritchie
Leslie C Thiess
Judge Robyn Tupman
Professor Emeritus Barbara van Ernst AM
Cameron Williams
Ray Wilson OAM in memory of
James Agapitos OAM
Roy and Gay Woodward
Anonymous (3)
Governor Patrons - $7,500+

Nance Atkinson Trust
Peter Bartholomew and Donna Pelka
Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
Stephen Bell
Esther and Brian Benjamin
The Hon Bronwyn Bishop
Russell and Leanne Bowie
Ian and Jillian Buchanan
Conal Coad and Colin Beutel
Maxwell J Connery OAM and Joan R Connery OAM
Tatiana Crockett
Mary Davidson and Frederick Davidson AM
Mrs R Dechert
The Denton Family Trust
Suvan and Shamistha de Soysa
Diane and Edward Federman
Mr Gerhard and Mrs Monica Flechsig
Chris and Judy Fullerton
The Greatorex Foundation
Margaret Gibbs
Pat and Frank Harvey
Peter and Melissa Hebbard
Peter and Jenny Hordern
Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM and the late Dr Edward Jackson AM
Dr Judith Kinnear
Kloeden Foundation
Ms Eugenia Langley JP
Dr Joan M Lawrence AM
Peter and Pamela McKee
Suzanne and Anthony Maple-Brown
Robyn Martin-Weber
Peter Mason AM and Kate Mason
Nelson Meers Foundation
Dr Bryan and Mrs Debora Mendelson
Dr Robert Mitchell
Gretel Packer
Fiona and Miles Prince
Mark and Ruth Sampson
Penelope Seidler AM
Professor Gillian Shenfield AM
Deena Shiff and James Gillespie
The Stirling Family
John and Jo Strutt
John Symond AM
Victoria Taylor
Mr Kevin Troy
Michael Troy
David Valentine
Lyn Williams AM
Elizabeth Windschuttle
Christine Yip and Paul Brady
Anonymous (4)
Benefactor Patrons - $4,000+
Jeannette Abrahams
David and Elizabeth Adams
Lesley Alway and Paul Hewison
Janette and Jim Bain AM
Judith and David Beal
Margaret and James Beattie
Nicole Berger
Mrs Christine Bishop
Audrey Blunden
Mr Tom Breen
Ms Jannie Brown
Maggie Brown
Dr Andrew Buchanan
Pam Caldwell
Dr Lionel Chan
Mrs David Clarke
The Clayton Family
Shanny Crouch
Mrs Joan Darling
Mrs Catherine Davies
Sandy and Phil Dudgeon
Suellen and Ron Enestrom
David Epstein and Nell Bennett
Dr Helen Ferguson
Diana and Richard Fisher
Mr Timothy Glanville
Leon and Judy Goldman
Leonard Groat
Wendy and Andrew Hamlin
Nereda Hanlon and Michael Hanlon AM
Dr John Harvey AO and Mrs Yvonne Harvey
Alistair Hay
Nora Hinchen and John Flint OAM
Darryl And Katherine Hodgkinson
In memory of Beryl Hooley
Andrew Kaldor AM and Renata Kaldor AO
Ervin and Judith Katz
Kernaghan & Associates Lawyers
Susan Kirby
David Levitan
G D Levy and J M Hockey
Rosie Lew and Family
Tony and Helen Lewis
Paul Lindwall and Joanne Frederiksen
Peter Lowry OAM and Carolyn Lowry OAM
The Alexandra and Lloyd Martin Family Foundation
Dr Mark and Dr Alla Medownick
Mrs Margot Melzak OAM
Thomas Timothy Murphy
Mrs Judith Myers
Brian Nebenzahl OAM RFD and Jocelyn Nebenzahl
Miki Oikawa
Dr Robert and Mrs Joan Osborn
Mrs Roslyn Packer AC
Timothy and Eva Pascoe
G Pearson
Fred Peisah
Ms Jo Phillips
Dave Poddar and Angela Flannery
Greeba Pritchard
Josef and Sarina Reisinger
Dr Mark Renehan
Bruce Rosenberg
Mrs H Showniruk
Dr Michael Slaytor
Libby Smith
Margot Smith
Mr Sam Smorgon AO and Mrs Minnie Smorgon
In memory of Beryl Stephens
Dr and Mrs David Sugarman
Wirat Sukprem and Alexander Gosling AM
Peter and Leonie Szabo
Mrs Graham Thorp
Mrs Alma Toohey
John Tuckey
Mrs Suzanne A R Waterhouse and Mrs Louise Waterhouse
Derek Watt and Cathy Brown-Watt
Claire and Elizabeth Weis Fund
Geoffrey and Karen Wilson
Sue and Bill Wood
Donna Woodhill
Anonymous (12)

Patrons - $2,000+
Rae and David Allen
Noel and Sylvia Alpins
The Hon Richard Alston
Dr Ben Anderson
Sidney and Lynn Anderson
Judith Augustine
Rosalind Baker
Jenny Barnes
Ross and Ann Barnetson
Tony Barnett
Dedicated to John Beaton
Laurie Bebbington and Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Alasdair Beck and Dr William Brooks
Dr Jane Beeby
Dr Simon Bell and Dr Jennifer Coghlan-Bell
Gita Bellin
Tom Best
Minnie Biggs
Kevin and Marianne Bleasel
Mrs Jan Bowen AM
Mrs Roslynne Bracher AM
Dr Roderick Brooks
Professor David Bryant
Richard Burbidge QC and Taru Burbidge
Diana Burleigh
Ita Buttrose AC OBE
Dr Andrew Byrne and Mr Allan Gill
Hugh and Hilary Cairns
Elise Callander
Ian Cameron
Michel-Henri Carriol and Julie Carriol OAM
Emily Chang
Jan and Andrew Cheetham
Dr Janice Cheng
Greg and Terry Chesher
Ms Linda Chung
David Churches and Helen Rose
Pauline Cleary
Caroline and Robert Clemente
J C Conde AO
Leith Cooper
P F and M J Crane
M and M Cranitch
Dr Peter Craswell
Mrs Margot Chinneck
Mr Charles P Curran AC and Mrs Eva Curran
Mrs Mary Curtis
Marie Dalziel
Mrs Jeanette Davies
Ernest Dawes OBE OAM and Nola Dawes
Sir Roderick and Lady Deane
Mr Michael Diamond AM MBE
Jennifer and Robert Dickerson AO
Mr J T Dominguez CBE AM and Mrs Dominguez
Andrew and Barbara Dowe
Mrs Rose Downer
Dr William Downey
Michael Drapac
Dana Dupere
Charles Edmonds and Bernadette Slater
James Fairfax AC
Melody and Jonathan Feder
Mrs M Ford
Vivienne Fried
Helen Frost and Malcolm Frost
Sabina and David Full
Robert Furley and Leon Nicholas
Eric and Tonia Gale
Justin and Anne Gardener
John Garnsey QC
Fleur Gibbs
Dr Nicholas S Girdis CBE and Mrs Marina Girdis
The Hon. Justice and Mrs G Giudice
George Golvan QC and Naomi Golvan
George and Kay Gordon
Beatrice Gray
Catherine Gray
Jean Hadges
Mrs Pamela Hall
Louis J Hamon OAM
Dr Laurence Harewood
Drs Glenda Hartley and Peter Prichard
Judy Hastings
Alan Hauserman and Janet Nash
Mr Nicholas Hayes
Assoc. Prof. Bernard Haylen and Mrs Denise Haylen
Peter and Barbara Hennings
Jennifer Hershon
Roger E. Hewitt
D S and S P Heywood
Dr and Mrs R F Hicks
Mr Thomas Hillenaar
John David Hobbs
Michael Hobbs
Dr Rosita Holenbergh-Gibson
Ms A Hooper
Ian Hunt and Vicki Nicholson
Michael and Penny Hunter
Dr Victor Hurley
Dr Alastair Jackson AM
John Jessup
Dr Michael Joel AM and Mrs Anna Joel
Anne and Bruce Judd AM
John Kaldor AM and Naomi Milgrom Kaldor
Mrs Mathilde Kearny-Kibble
Dr S M Kelly
Mr Robert Kenrick
James and Diana Kimpton
Mrs Deborah Kirk
In memory of Dr Suzanne Korbel
The Hon Justice F Kunc and Ms F Rourke
Dr Barry Landa
Beatrice Lang
Peter Lazar AM
Catherine and Yick Him Lee
Stephanie Lee
Alex and Halina Lewenberg
Richard and Elizabeth Longes
Mr Howard Lowe
Mrs Marie McCann OAM
Susan McCarthy
Dr Ann McFarlane
Ian and Pam McGaw
Avril and Peter McGrath
George and Patricia McGregor
Robert and Sarah McKay
Marcus and Brooke MacLean
Mark and Sue MacLennan
Anne and Peter McNamara
Geoffrey Magney
Professor Bernard and Mrs Joyce Marks
Jennifer K Marshall
Graham Matheson
Desmond B Misso, Esq
The Monarch Investment Group
Adrian Morris and Eileen Chanin
Ted and Brenda Mouritz
Dr Stephen Mulligan
Heidi Munzinger and John Shott
B P Murphy
Rupert Myer AO and Annabel Myer
Dr and Mrs Ken Neale
Irena Nebenzahl
Dr Paul Nisselle AM and Mrs Sue Nisselle
Professor G C O'Brien and Dr I E O'Brien
Mrs Robyn Pal
George Pappas AO and Jillian M Pappas
Mrs Patsy Patten
Dr Kevin Pedemont
Professor David Penington AC
Phillip and Jennifer Perry
D E Pidd
Mr Ian Plater
Mr Peter Charles Prior CLJ
Railx Aluminium Products
Madelein Rares
Jane Recny
Inge Riebe
Michael and Angela Rodd
Bruce and Ruth Rodell
Rowan and Susie Russell
Margaret Sammut
Graeme Samuel AO and Jill Davies
Mrs M Saunders
Garry E Scarf and Morgie Blaxill
Aubrey G Schrader
Tom Schrecker
Edward and Susan Schutz
Caroline Serventy
Mrs Penelope Service
Gary Singer and Geoffrey Smith
Denise Smith
Diana Smythe
John Smythe
Michael and Melissa Slattery
Ross Steele AM
Mr Nigel Stoke
Tony Stolarek
Mrs Josephine Sukkar AM
The Langham, Melbourne
Victoria Thorogood
Sandy and Anna Todd
Richard and Caroline Travers
Peter Tremewen
Suzanne and Ross Tzannes AM
Ullmer Family Charitable Endowment
Dr Jacques Van Schalkwyk
John S Walton AM
The Shirley Ward Foundation
Dr Eric Wegman
Roslyn Weiley and Chris Harper
Ann and Brooks Wilson
The Honourable Justice Anthony Whealy
I S and H Wilkey
Jill Wran
Dr Kun-Gay Yap a nd Dr Kuldip Kaur
Anonymous (32)


Trusts and Foundations
Bourne Foundation
Crown Resorts Foundation
Dr Lee MacCormick Edwards
Charitable Foundation
Packer Family Foundation
The Pratt Foundation
Donald Wright Opera Trust
The Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation
Supported by Australian Communities Foundation

The whiteley donor circle

We sincerely thank our Whiteley donors for supporting this new production and participating directly in the work of Opera Australia.
We sincerely thank the following individuals for their generosity.
Principal Patron
Philip Bacon AM

Richard Campbell
Martin Dickson AM and Susie Dickson
Peter Griffin AM and Terry Swann
Andrew Kaldor AM and Renata Kaldor AO
Tim McFarlane AM
Nelson Meers Foundation
Gretel Packer
Hamish Parker
Mr Robert Peck AM and Ms Yvonne von Hartel AM
Rachel Verghis and Sigurdur Arngrimsson
Artist Patrons are proud to support the performances of our artists
Stacey Alleaume is supported by the Opera Society from the Eleanor Blakemore Bequest
Natalie Aroyan is supported by Roy and Gay Woodward
Nicole Car is supported by Jane Hemstritch
Anna-Louise Cole is supported by the Opera Society from the Eleanor Blakemore Bequest
Jacqueline Dark is supported by Juliana and Robert Clemesha
Anna Dowsley is supported by Martin Dickson AM and Susie Dickson
Samuel Dundas is supported by Maureen Wheeler AO
Taryn Fiebig is supported by Maureen Wheeler AO
Warwick Fyfe is supported by Lisa McKern
Julie Lea Goodwin is supported by Marianne and Warren Lesnie
Lorina Gore is supported by Mrs Rowena Danziger AM and Mr Kenneth Coles AM
Andrew Jones is supported by Maureen Wheeler AO
Nicholas Jones is supported by Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky and Matthias Schlesewsky
Jun Yi Ma, Opera Australia Orchestra’s Concertmaster and Orchestra Director, is supported by John Frost AM
Dominica Matthews is supported by Professor Barbara van Ernst AM
Andrew Mollino is supported by Anonymous
Milijana Nikolic is supported by K E Bryan
Teddy Tahu Rhodes is supported by Rex Irwin Esq.
Stefan Vinke is supported by Hans and Petra Henkell
Amber Wagner is supported by Martin Dickson AM and Susie Dickson
The Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation Access Program
Many people will experience opera for the first time this year thanks to the generous support of the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation. The Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation Access Program was established to give people who would not otherwise have access to opera the opportunity to attend Opera Australia performances at the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne for just $20. We are indebted to the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation for their inspired philanthropy.


Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation