STAFF

Mark Taylor

Executive Director

Dane Lam

Artistic Director

Nicole Mathee, Head of Finance

Nicole Mathee

Chief Financial Officer

Hometown
New Zealand

What I do
I oversee and direct the company’s short and long-term financial activities to meet its goals

My favourite opera is…
Sweeney Todd

What I enjoy most about working at State Opera
The variety of people I meet and work with

When I’m not at work, I’m…
spending time with my husband and two children, volunteering at the cricket and swimming clubs and enjoy watching sports and playing board games

Head of Music & Chorus Master

Anthony Hunt

Head of Music

Hometown
Goring-by-Sea, Sussex, England

What I do
Try and make sure we make great music!

My favourite opera is…
The best thing about opera is the huge variety of styles, so it is impossible to pick one. From Monteverdi to Mozart, Verdi and Puccini, Britten and beyond, there’s so much great theatre. Will never tire of Verdi’s Falstaff and Puccini’s Turandot.

What I enjoy most about working at State Opera
A great team, wonderful people in the chorus, talent bursting out everywhere.

When I’m not at work, I’m…
Working in my other (not so secret) passion – Anglican choral music, at St Peter’s Cathedral.

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Ben Flett

Production Manager

Hometown
Loxton, Ngawait, Ngintait and Erawirung country. (The Riverland was a busy place before the Brits!)

What I do
I’m in charge of the production department. Stage management, set, props, lights, sound, wardrobe, surtitles, wigs and makeup all work for me. I manifest the ideas of the designers and directors into three-dimensional form on this astral plane.

My favourite opera is…
Always the one I’m working on now… I’m not being glib… One must buy into the ideas of each piece otherwise why do it?

What I enjoy most about working at State Opera
No day is ever the same

When I’m not at work, I’m…
Cooking for my wife and kids… or chasing my 7YO daughter around the golf courses of Australia.

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Laura Danesin

Director of Marketing

Hometown
Venice, Italy

What I do
If you visit our website, receive our e-newsletter, interact with our pages on socials, see our ads and ultimately buy tickets to a State Opera event, we’ve virtually met!

My favourite opera is…
The Magic Flute. Give me fantasy and sci-fi any day of the week!

What I enjoy most about working at State Opera
The constant soundtrack of opera singers practicing and rehearsing!

When I’m not at work, I’m…
Traveling, playing with my dog Maverick or upcycling furniture.

Ashlyn Hannam

Director of Development

Hometown: Adelaide, Kaurna Country

What I do: I get to work with all our fabulous individual and corporate supporters to raise the much needed funds to ensure we can continue to deliver more opera, to more people.

My favourite opera is… La Traviata! Paris, parties, champagne and forbidden love – what’s not to love!?

What I enjoy most about working at State Opera: Being surrounded by people who are passionate about supporting the arts and working with so many incredibly talented creatives.

When I’m not at work, I’m… spending time with family and friends, travelling, finding new restaurants to try or visiting galleries.

Vicky Lekis

Development Manager

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Tracey Richardson

Wardrobe Supervisor

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Hannah Neophytou

Marketing & CRM Executive

Hometown
Adelaide, Kaurna land

What I do
I work on a range of marketing activities to help promote our shows. I also look at our customer data to identify buying patterns and trends, and try to predict what our customers want from their experience at the opera!

My favourite opera is…
La traviata

What I enjoy most about working at State Opera
I love going behind the scenes and getting to see what it takes to put on a show at one of SA’s great performing arts companies.

When I’m not at work, I’m…
…spending time with my family, or at the cinema or theatre

Richelle Weiher - Development Coordinator

Richelle Weiher

Office & Ticketing Executive

Hometown
Adelaide, Kaurna Land

What I do:

I look after the office, all ticketing and everything in between. I am your first point of contact when you visit or call the office, need help booking tickets to one of our shows or just need some information. I also ensure that the office is running smoothly, everyone has what they need and generally help and support the team in any way that I can.

If it’s tickets that you want, I can help with your seating requirements, group bookings and everything in between from the start of the ticketing process to the end. You will also find me at the box office before our shows, there to help any of our patrons attending one of our performances.

What I enjoy most about working at State Opera… 

The people hands down, plus working in the Arts is so rewarding and no two days are the same. It’s a very collaborative environment and we all have fun while we work, which is a huge bonus.

When I’m not at work, I’m… 

Catching up with friends & family and I love travelling and experiencing new cultures, trying different foods either here at home, interstate or overseas. The world is getting smaller and smaller and it is amazing the people that you meet on your travels.

Sarah Hart

Accountant

Hometown
Adelaide, Kaurna Land

What I do
Finance, from payrolls to invoices and everything in between.

My favourite opera is…
The Merry Widow and Sweeney Todd.

What I enjoy most about working at State Opera
Working in a completely different field than I ever worked before: the arts industry is such an exciting one to be involved with!

When I’m not at work, I’m…
Eating and drinking in some of my favourite wineries in the Hills. In summer, you will find me by the pool and in winter, cuddling my two cats that I adore.

Elisabet Cada

Production Coordinator

Hometown
Hässleholm, Sweden

What I do
I am your first point of contact – visit or call our office and I am the one you will talk to. Otherwise I am running the office and making sure everyone is equipped with what they need to get the job done.

My favourite opera is…
Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten – I used to play trombone in the orchestra pit when I was living in Germany and the music of this opera is just amazing!

What I enjoy most about working at State Opera
To see the productions come together and work with so many amazing people who make our productions possible.

When I’m not at work, I’m…
Traveling, reading or training to become an Alexander Technique Teacher… or just enjoying a nice cup of coffee!

Li Li Fisher, Contract Administrator

Li Li Fisher

Contract Administrator

Hometown
I was born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia but now live in Sydney, on Wallumedegal land.

What I do
I issue contracts for all artists involved in our productions – conductors, singers, directors, designers, instrumentalists, language coaches, actors, dancers, and technical production crew.  

My favourite opera is…
Tosca – just love the music!

What I enjoy most about working at State Opera
I enjoy most working with the people of this small but exciting company.  

When I’m not at work, I’m…
cuddling my sausage dogs!

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT 

Chair

Ashley Miller

Board Members

Imelda Alexopoulos
Beata Byok
Jane Doyle OAM
Peter Goldsworthy AM
Thomas Millhouse
Philippa Williams

The State Opera of South Australia was established under the State Opera Act of 1976