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.


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.


Part of the excitement of bringing so many monumental works to life on the stage is the story behind each opera. So many of you have your own opera and music memories which can be preserved through your support of State Opera. If there is a special place in your heart for one of the productions you see in our 2019 Season, or you have a loved one for whom a gift of the program naming rights to one of these operas would be beyond words, talk to Yarmila Alfonzetti about how your donation can honour or commemorate a link between you or your family and a specific opera production or performance. Through special acknowledgement in the program, a commemorative score of the music, and unique backstage experiences, you can honour a connection to an opera for a lifetime.


Supporting State Opera South Australia for over forty years, The Friends of State Opera are a dedicated committee of volunteers that present an annual program of events and social activities, sharing the passion and power of opera and helping to ensure the future of opera in South Australia. In the coming season The Friends continue hosting the ever popular Opera Voices Introductions at the Netley Studio for their special community of opera lovers and supporting local emerging opera singers. As a central production partner in 2019 The Friends proudly celebrate their love, commitment and support to bringing mainstage opera to South Australian audiences.