We started with a vision. With your help, we have been able to deliver more opera to more people in 2019. With your continued support, we can set even higher goals around youth and community education, and support the next generation of emerging opera singers in Australia.

Your gift will help us:

SEE – donate the cost of a ticket and we can double the number of students seeing an opera for free and experiencing the thrill of live performance.

SHARE – help us capture our Opera Discovery Days on film so that students all over the country can access opera education.

BELIEVE – support our training program for aspiring emerging opera singers through audition workshops, stagecraft lessons, music preparation classes and performance opportunities.


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 special 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 the 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

Friends events:

Oct 30            Opera Voices Introduction of The Mikado @7.00pm State Opera Studio
Sep 15            Film Evening – DOWNTON ABBEY @6.00pm Regal Theatre, Kensington Gardens.
Nov 3             Lunch at Woodstock Winery @12.00pm-4.00pm Woodstock Winery

For any enquiries or further information on The Friends please contact 0439 981 517


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.


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.