ARTISTIC ASSESSMENT PANEL – BACKGROUND & INFORMATION
The State Opera of South Australia exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to residents of South Australia and beyond, and to advance the development of the art form of opera by:
- Consistently producing and performing highly regarded opera, with a balanced repertoire that encompasses core classics, lesser-known masterpieces, new and unusual works;
- Creating a diverse, innovative, wide-ranging program of open engagement and education activities that reaches the widest possible community; and
- Developing exceptional emerging operatic talent.
We are proud of our position as one of just 28 leading performing arts companies and we acknowledge the vital role that we play in supporting the careers of Australian artists and bringing works of significance to local audiences.
Our mission is to be a twenty-first century Australian arts company, uniquely placed to provide a cultural service to the State of South Australia. We aspire to be recognised for our artistic program, for relentlessly pursuing the expansion of our reach and impact, and for investing in meaningful engagement for the benefit of the operatic art form.
Since the days of New Opera, this state company has produced a diet of interesting, challenging and complementary repertoire. SOSA has created numerous landmark productions: Death in Venice, Parsifal, The Ring Cycle – twice, Makropoulos Affair, Fiery Angel, Dead Man Walking, Moby Dick, Phillip Glass Trilogy and Cloudstreet. Adelaide must continue to be the ‘most travelled to city’ for special operatic events. As part of our ‘specialist’ designation, SOSA will continue to produce operatic events exclusive to Adelaide. SOSA has long played a leadership role in the presentation of critically acclaimed opera, and we will continue to play a leadership role in Adelaide and nationally by developing the art form through a balanced repertoire that encompasses core classics, lesser known masterpieces and new work.
We are also a company which is passionate about our place and our community. To that end, the next three years sees a significant emphasis on education, access and the championing of all things grown and made in SA – the place which we call home.
The 2019 Artistic Program captures the hallmarks of a new era of opera in South Australia; this includes a large access-centred family-friendly event, the clever use of new and interesting venues, familiar works from the great canon of repertoire as well as a set of rare Australian works that will be revived and recorded for posterity by SOSA alone.
By championing engagement (broad) and impact (deep), SOSA will succeed in delivering leadership in the sector as well as relevance for countless opera-lovers, arts-goers, students, children, families and industry specialists alike. In the longer term, we aspire to re-establish Adelaide as a significant national and international destination for opera, whilst maintaining existing audiences and growing new markets in our community.
The State Opera of South Australia’s Artistic Assessment Panel comprises well-respected and arts-aware members of the South Australian community; a group of peers whose experiences and credentials are wide-ranging and who are passionate about supporting creative endeavour in this State. Each panel member is invited to State Opera’s subscription season amongst other events and provides the company with regular structured feedback. The panel assists State Opera by responding to the season’s repertoire, the soloist selection, Chorus performance quality, audience engagement and the event experience of each production and in so doing informs State Opera’s artistic self-assessment and programming patterns.
Panel members are asked to attend at least 4 performances throughout the year, and complete at least 4 questionnaires post-performance. There will be an informal and non-compulsory gathering arranged 1-2 times per annum for Panel members to meet and talk.