New executive will ‘wrench’ opera company ‘into the 21st century’

An Executive Director and Artistic Director have been announced as the new executive team at the State Opera of South Australia.

Antionette Halloran (Oriel Lamb) & Nicholas Jones (Fish Lamb) in SOSA’s Cloudstreet.. Photo credit: Oliver Toth, Accent Photography.

Newly appointed Executive Director of the State Opera of South Australia (SOSA), Yarmila Alfonzetti, has said she will ‘wrench the company into the 21st century,’ with a new focus on regional engagement, access programs, and employment opportunities for artists.

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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