We have recently established a very special circle of friends by bringing together a group of like-minded supporters to share in unique conversations and opera experiences. We encourage you to engage with the exciting future of State Opera through this opportunity – your support of our company means that the work we have become renowned for will continue, and the work we aspire to present becomes a reality. Your gift of $5,000 for your individual membership or $7,500 for you and your partner provides access to the Artistic Director’s Circle each year and we can’t wait to invite you into this exhilarating world of bespoke occasions created exclusively for this group.


State Opera South Australia invites you to support the place of an individual young person at the State Opera South Australia Opera Winter School through the donation of a scholarship. With your tax-deductible gift of $1,000 you can elect to fund and name a scholarship that will be allocated to a student who achieves a high ranking in the audition results or facilitate the attendance of a talented student with limited financial means.

This winter State Opera South Australia will be hosting a two-week performing arts education experience for our most talented secondary and tertiary opera students. State Opera South Australia takes its responsibility very seriously to provide education, opportunities, and access for young people to establish themselves in this artform we hold so dear.

Students will be required to apply and audition for the Winter School which includes an intense fortnight of vocal and music study, dramaturgy training, hair and make-up classes, movement lessons, as well as working alongside professional opera singers, creatives and staff. The Winter School culminates in three performances of Martin Wesley-Smith’s iconic genre-defying opera Boojum! presented in July at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Your gift will be instrumental in building the confidence, experience and capability within our next generation of opera singers. Your gift will allow a young person to progress the pathway to their career. Your gift will support the future of excellence in opera in South Australia.


Through a charitable bequest, you can ensure that opera is enjoyed by future generations.  It’s one of the easiest, but most significant ways you can make a difference to the future of opera in South Australia.

Every legacy we receive supports our work, both on and off stage, making it possible to fund new productions, present beloved masterpieces, and support and nurture future generations of talented young performers.

We encourage anyone who plans to make a gift in their will to let us know of their intentions.  This gives us the opportunity to thank and recognise your support during your lifetime.



In 2019 State Opera will throw open our doors and our programs to as many young people as we can take. The journey to opera begins with a single step inside this world of fantasy, beauty, creativity and music, and we are actively working to reduce the barriers to participation in this art form. Whether it be primary school excursions, high school workshops, work experience students, or discount tertiary student tickets, you name it and we are doing it. If your passion is to see more young people learning about opera and attending our performances, you can specifically direct your gift to this area of need.


State Opera announces an outstanding commitment to Australian music through its Lost Operas of Oz program where we will present three Australian operas each year for the next three years! By setting the benchmark for Australian content incredibly high we aim to showcase both new and forgotten operas from recent years which are worthy of re-invention. The pinnacle of this three-year celebration will be the commissioning of a new Australian opera to call our own. If you believe, as we do, that the foundation of our future arts industry requires the active championship of our own music, please consider contributing to the Oz Opera Commissioning Fund and becoming an integral part of this creation. Please contact Yarmila Alfonzetti to talk more about this exceptional opportunity.


Supporting State Opera South Australia for over forty years, The Friends of State Opera are led by a dedicated committee of volunteers that present an annual program of events to support State Opera and help to ensure the future of opera in South Australia.

In 2019 we are entering a new partnership with State Opera investing particularly in their specialist education program – the inaugural Opera Winter School –culminating in performances of Martin Wesley Smith’s Boojum !

In the coming season, The Friends will continue to host the ever popular Opera Voices Introductions at the State Opera Studio, support local emerging opera singers and hold fundraising events.

You’re invited to enjoy the music, drama and the excitement of opera in the company of Friends.

Benefits of becoming a Friend include:

  • enjoying the music, the drama and the excitement of opera in the company of friends
  • meeting the Artists, Directors, Conductors, Designers and Technicians at introductions to the seasons productions
  • helping young singers realize their dreams
  • attending social & fundraising events
  • receiving information and ‘behind the scenes’ news through our newsletter
  • attending dress rehearsal of Madeline Lee and Christina’s World
  • discounts to any of the four Opera Discovery dates at the State Opera Studio
  • three days of priority booking for the State Opera 2020 season

Stay up to date on all Friends events

April 14                 The Friends AGM @ 2.30pm State Opera Studio
May 8                    Opera Voices Introduction of Cunning Little Vixen @7.00pm State Opera Studio