ARTISTIC ASSESSMENT PANEL – BACKGROUND & INFORMATION
The State Opera 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 the leading performing arts companies in the country 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. We are also a company which is passionate about our place and our community. To that end, we aspire to be the champions of development in our sector and of all things grown and made in SA – the place which we call home.
Since the days of New Opera, this state company has produced a diet of interesting, challenging and complementary repertoire. State Opera 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. In 2019 the critical acclaim received for the high quality of all aspects of our productions was unprecedented. We have 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.
The 2020 Artistic Program builds upon the new era of opera in South Australia; this includes a large outdoor event, the clever use of new and interesting venues, familiar works from the great canon of repertoire as well as rare Australian works that will be revived for posterity by SOSA alone.
By championing engagement (broad) and impact (deep), State Opera 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.