Due to the hard border closure between South Australia and Victoria, commencing on 11 February and the 5-day lockdown in Victoria commencing 13 February, State Opera has made the decision to postpone the inaugural Summer Academy. We have a number of students and faculty members residing in Melbourne who would not be able to attend, thus to avoid excluding a significant number of our cohort we will be postponing to later in the year. We will update the website and social media with new dates when we have them.

For those that have purchased tickets to any of the events, your tickets will be automatically refunded in the next 7 days.



As part of its commitment to providing career pathways for Australian operatic talent, State Opera has established an annual Summer Opera Academy. Running full time over two weeks in February 2021, the Academy provides a dedicated opportunity for emerging artists from across the country to experience an intensive professional development with some of Australia’s finest coaches and educators. The program is intended for singers who are already undertaking advanced studies or have recently completed formal training.

The highly selective Summer Opera Academy is an opera development program providing practical professional instruction to emerging artists with a view to creating sustainable careers.


The Academy is led by an exceptional faculty from around Australia, brought together for the very first time.

Anthony Hunt – Head of Music, State Opera South Australia
Stuart Maunder – Artistic Director, State Opera South Australia
Nicholas Cannon – Director (SA)
Jennifer Marten-Smith – Coach (TAS)
Sharolyn Kimmorley – Coach (NSW)
Donna Balson – Coach (NSW)
Teresa Desmarchelier – Language Coach (QLD)
Tahu Matheson – Head of Music, Opera Australia


Cameron Sibly – Tenor (VIC)
Gabrielle Penney – Soprano (NSW)
Kim Worley – Tenor (SA)
Stella Hannock – Mezzo (NSW)
Kiran Rajasingam – Baritone (VIC)
Esther Counsel – Soprano (VIC)
Kristin Astouroghlian – Mezzo (VIC)
Zachary McCulloch – Tenor (VIC)
Sara Donnelly – Soprano (QLD)

Further we welcome trainee repetiteurs Kyle Fraser and Haowei Yang from South Australia who will accompany our singers. They are both supported by scholarships provided by the generosity of the Accompanists’ Guild of South Australia, Inc.