Deepen Your Involvement

A major gift towards a particular project or area is a wonderful way to deepen your involvement with us.

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

For more information on any of theses opportunities,
or to discuss your particular area of interest, please contact:

Clare Kelly
Philanthropy Specialist
+61 3 9685 3706

Jonas Kaufmann &amp; Eva-Maria Westbroek in <em>Andrea Chénier in Concert</em> at Sydney Opera House, August 2019. Photo: Keith Saunders.

The Artistic Director's Circle

The purpose of this circle is to create a vital annual fund that will help us remain artistically vibrant and be a leader as one of the top opera companies in the world.

As a donor to this circle you will help to empower the Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini, with the creative freedom to program artistically demanding and less commercially viable classic and new works. You will have a closer relationship with Lyndon, and have unparalleled opportunities to go behind the scenes to watch a production come together from its earliest rehearsal stages to final performance to increase your understanding of the art form.

You will also be invited to spend time with the creative teams, and the artisans who build sets, manufacture costumes and wigs and see the full range of skills required to get an opera to opening night.

The Syndicate Circle

Join the Syndicate Circle and you’ll help us present ambitious new productions. Since 2010, our syndicate donors have enabled us to present big and expensive projects including Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle in 2013 and 2016, the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy staged by Sir David McVicar between 2014 and 2016, less performed operas like Wozzeck, and new commissions such as Whiteley, written by Elena Kats-Chernin.

By joining the Syndicate Circle, you will help us program exciting repertoire that has less commercial appeal to the general public. Your gift will provide us with the financial assurance to take artistic risks. You will contribute to the international reputation of the national company by co-producing new productions with prestigious opera houses around the world, and enable us to attract the best singers, conductors and directors to Australia (Jonas Kaufmann, The Parsifal Syndicate 2017; Pietari Inkinen and Stefan Vinke, The Meistersinger Syndicate 2018; William Kentridge, The Wozzeck Syndicate 2018)

Each year, you will embark on a journey and follow the creative process of a new production. You will be invited to closed rehearsals, behind-the-scenes events, and will have opportunities to meet the artists and creative teams for an ‘up close and personal experience’.

The Artists' Circle

Opera Australia showcases the exceptional ability of a community of singers and invites many international stars every year to perform on our Sydney and Melbourne stages.

The Artist Circle are generous donors who have decided to support the performances of an artist with Opera Australia and follow their career.  They enjoy opportunities throughout the year to meet with the artist they support and get to know them through lunches, backstage visits after a show and donor events.

“It has been and continues to be a wonderfully rewarding experience to support Dominica Matthews’ operatic career with Opera Australia. Over the last 12 years, Dominica has not only blossomed into one of the most talented mezzo-sopranos in Australia, she has also become a dear friend and I have such pleasure and pride seeing her perform.”

— Professor Barbara van Ernst AM, Artist Supporter of Dominica Matthews

The Chorus Circle

Our award-winning chorus is renowned for its thrilling sound. Forty full-time singers make up the Opera Australia Chorus, evenly split between male and female singers, plus about 100 casual members from Sydney and Melbourne. All of the chorus are professional singers and some go on to perform principal roles.

Choristers need to have excellent musicianship, a good knowledge of different languages including French, Italian, and German and strong stagecraft skills. Our chorus is often working on several different productions concurrently — rehearsing one, learning another, and performing in the afternoon and evening. No two days are ever the same.

By joining the Chorus Circle you will support one of our most crucial arms and develop a relationship with these extraordinary musicians who perform every night. You will be invited to participate in the life of the chorus by attending closed music rehearsals and bespoke activities.

Your gift will enable the singers to partake in more professional development with additional masterclasses, musicianship classes and coaching with international music experts.