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About the Opera Australia Capital Fund

The Opera Australia Capital Fund was established in the year 2000 to build reserves for Opera Australia.

Until then, Opera Australia, unlike many of the major companies of the world, did not have the security of an endowment fund to call on when times became hard. This left the company exposed and overly vulnerable to the vagaries of cash flow, despite the quality of its product.

Today, the custodians of the Opera Australia Capital Fund remain committed to the principal objectives on which it was founded:

  • Raise and invest a capital fund;
  • Make annual grants to Opera Australia;
  • Make special purpose grants in exceptional circumstances.

Donations and bequests to the Opera Australia Capital Fund are immediately invested to build a capital reserve which remains protected while the income generated is directed to Opera Australia as annual grants.

These grants ($1,000,000 in 2021) assist the Company to maintain its high artistic standards, expand its community outreach programs and pursue its mission of presenting opera that excites audiences and sustains and develops the art form.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, many with longstanding loyalty, the Opera Australia Capital Fund is now providing certainty and optimism about Opera Australia’s future. We invite you to join us as we continue to build a legacy that will be appreciated by opera artists and audiences well into the future.

Contact Us

Nicholas Selman
General Manager
Opera Australia Capital Fund
+61 2 9318 8305

Neroli Hobbins OAM
Manager, Council of Governors
Opera Australia Capital Fund
+61 2 9318 8386

Make a donation


If you are passionate about ensuring the long term future of Opera Australia for the next generations, we invite you to make a donation to the Opera Australia Capital Fund or consider leaving a gift in your will.

Donations to the Opera Australia Capital Fund are tax deductible and a receipt will be issued.

Donors of at least $1,000 are acknowledged in Opera Australia's annual report and on this website.

Make a donation to the Opera Australia Capital Fund now by downloading a donation form (pdf) which you can complete and return by post or e-mail. Alternatively, phone us if you prefer to advise your payment details by phone or wish to discuss your donation.

Lise Lindstrom and Walter Fraccaro in our 2019 production of Turandot at Arts Centre Melbourne. Photo by Jeff Busby


The Opera Australia Capital Fund is a separate entity to Opera Australia with its own Board of Directors. The Directors donate their time and expertise to ensure that the management of the Fund remains aligned with its original charter.

Philip Bacon AO (Chairman)
Fiona Allan
David Armstrong
Glyn Davis AC
Ashley Dawson-Damer AM
The Hon Justice François Kunc
Roslyn Packer AC
Tania Seary

An Opera Australia Capital Fund event in London.

Our supporters

Council of Governors

The Council of Governors comprises the Opera Australia Capital Fund’s Board of Directors, plus individuals who have either contributed a significant donation or pledged a specific bequest to the Opera Australia Capital Fund.

Members meet at an annual dinner during which the Chief Executive Officer of Opera Australia and the Chairman of the Capital Fund give a briefing on the state of the company and report on the progress of the fund. Members of the Council are also invited to fundraising events throughout the year including private recitals, receptions and other bespoke activities.

There are two levels of patronage:

Other valued supporters

In addition to the support from our Council of Governors, the corpus of the Opera Australia Capital Fund continues to grow through the generosity of many other individuals, including these donors who have contributed at least $1,000.