State Opera South Australia is the opera company of South Australia. Established in 1976 by an Act of Parliament (the State Opera of South Australia Act), State Opera forms part of the extraordinary cultural legacy of Premier Don Dunstan in South Australia.
Under the Artistic Directorship of Stuart Maunder AM, State Opera has upheld its commitment to more opera for more people through the presentation of exceptional productions of the operatic canon alongside engaging productions of contemporary operatic works, all the while championing Australian talent on and off the stage.
In 2023, the company will present the Southern hemisphere’s first ever Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, taking over central Adelaide for 10 days in May.
A new era
2023 sees Mark Taylor, Executive Director, and Ashley Miller, Chair of the Board, settle into their new roles alongside Artistic Director, Dane Lam, bringing new energy and fresh ideas.
Major outdoor operatic events
Taking over iconic destinations has become a trademark of State Opera’s more opera mission and includes Carmen in the Square (Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga 2019), Carmina Burana (Memorial Drive, 2020 – COVID-19 cancelled) and Bohème on the Beach (Glenelg Beach, 2022)
Operas of Oz
An enduring legacy of Maunder’s artistic leadership is the company’s exploration and support of Australian opera. His Lost Operas of Oz initiative continued the work commenced in 2019 with a national tour of Love Burns, and the first staging of great Australian opera Voss since its last appearance at the Adelaide Festival of Arts in 1986. Met with critical and popular acclaim, the initiative has evolved to encompass the protection and presentation of Australian operas and the formation of the Australian Opera Digital Library – the nation’s first digital education resource dedicated to Australia opera.
Championing Australian Talent
From creation to ovation, an opera company is nothing without its talent. State Opera has made a firm commitment to champion Australian talent on and off the stage, ensuring that we support the education, development, creative and performance opportunities that our talented people and audiences deserve.
Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia, and Mr Rod Bunten