Deepen Your Involvement

Whether your passion is artists or artistry, accessibility or education, you can make a difference.

We encourage our donors to deepen their involvement with the Company by supporting an exceptional artist or joining a production syndicate to bring a new opera to the stage. Some of our most ambitious artistic challenges are also our biggest financial challenges and donor support is vital to the realization of these ventures.

If you would like to find out more about opportunities for involvement through transformational gifts, please contact:

Melissa Stark
Philanthropy Manager, VIC
+61 03 9685 3706

Lohengrin, 2022

The Production Syndicates

Our generous Syndicate members give us the means to present ambitious new projects which have in the past included Olivier Py’s Lohengrin with Jonas Kaufmann, William Kentridge’s ingenious production of Wozzeck, a rarely-performed opera like La Juive and new commissions such as Whiteley by Elena Kats-CherninBy joining a Syndicate, you enable us to make bold programmatic choices, develop Opera Australia’s repertoire and take our artists on career-changing operatic journeys.

Syndicate members follow the creative journey of the production through behind-the-scenes opportunities and exclusive events, enabling you to enjoy the immeasurably rewarding experience of bringing a production to life.

Our current Syndicates include the Wagner Syndicate and the Golden Anniversary Syndicate. Over the years, our loyal Wagner Syndicate has supported operas including the 2013 and 2016 Ring Cycles, Die Meistersinger, Lohengrin and Tannhauser.  Without this support these unforgettable productions would not have been staged and once again the Wagner Syndicate is making possible our brand-new production of the Ring Cycle in Brisbane in 2023.

Our Golden Anniversary Syndicate celebrates 50 years of outstanding performances in the Sydney Opera House and as we celebrate five remarkable decades under those iconic sails, all funds raised through this Syndicate will support the future of Opera Australia – its emerging artists, its education programs, and the development of programs to encourage a new generation of audience members.

La Traviata, 2022

Artist Support

There is no shortage of demanding roles in opera. Artists are required to perform and sing immensely difficult roles (mostly in foreign languages) whilst projecting to a theatre of thousands for several hours each night.  At Opera Australia we firmly believe in ‘growing our own’ and developing the talents of emerging and established singers however, when we cannot cast a role locally, we will hand-pick an international artist to complement the ensemble.

Over many years, our donors have supported both Australian and international artists, enabling us to bring the very best performers to the stage.  Artist Patrons are able to align their support with a particular artist and follow their career, enjoying opportunities to meet with their chosen artist, cheer them on as they perform and share in their success.  Our artists warmly welcome this meaningful support.