New Artistic Director for Victorian Opera

Stuart Maunder AM is moving states and companies, farewelling State Opera South Australia to lead the flagship Victorian company.

Described as ‘a formidable force in the operatic landscape as both a director and Artistic Director,’ and a man of ‘immense theatrical insight’ by Genevieve Overell AM, Chair of the Victorian Opera Board, celebrated Australian opera and musical theatre director Stuart Maunder AM has been named the next Artistic Director of Victorian Opera.

Overell said she and the Board were ‘delighted’ at the appointment: ‘[Stuart’s] collaborations with our company across many years have proven hugely successful and remained much-loved with our audiences.’

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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