Opera Australia appoints Jo Davies as Artistic Director

The award-winning Welsh director will relocate to Australia in late 2023; Lindy Hume will curate an 2024 summer season in the interim.

An award-winning Welsh director of opera, theatre and musicals has been appointed to run Australia’s national opera company.

Opera Australia (OA) CEO Fiona Allan said that Cardiff-born Jo Davies – who has previously directed productions in the UK, Europe and North America – was the standout candidate to succeed Lyndon Terracini as the company’s new Artistic Director.

‘It really gives me the greatest pleasure to be able to announce Jo’s appointment. Her depth of experience across opera, theatre and musicals, as well as her demonstrated commitment to developing talent, made her an outstanding candidate,’ Allen said in a statement.

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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