Busting opera wide open: the Pinchgut revolution

Ditching the curtain, delivering surpluses, and winning international awards, Pinchgut is a young company changing the face of opera in Australia.

Roberta Diamond and Douglas Kelly in rehearsal for The Return of Ulysses, Pinchgut Opera’s June 2019 production; image supplied.

With no curtain or fly system to build the drama – not even an opera house in which to stage their work – Pinchgut Opera is changing how we perform opera in Australia.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina