Arts Minister orders opera review

Senator George Brandis has appointed a three-member panel to determine if $32 million in federal funding is being well spent.

Image: Opera Queensland’s Tosca (2011).

Senator George Brandis, the Minister for the Arts, has ordered an inquiry into the activities of Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, State Opera South Australia, and West Australian Opera, in order to determine whether the $32 million funding they collectively receive is well spent.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts