Brandis releases terms of reference for national opera review

‘It’s not overly melodramatic to say we’re fighting for the survival of opera in Australia,' says OperaQ's Lindy Hume.

Image: Opera Queensland’s Project Puccini Gold Coast Chorus. Photo by Stephanie Do Rozario.

As previously reported by ArtsHub, Senator George Brandis, the Minister for the Arts, ordered a review of 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 being 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