OperaQ’s new artistic director will woo new artists and audiences

'If you're not developing the form in new and different ways, then I think you’re failing as an arts organisation,' says new AD.

OperaQ’s new AD Patrick Nolan, image supplied.

The former artistic director of physical theatre company Legs On The Wall, Patrick Nolan, has been appointed as the new artistic director of Opera Queensland.

OperaQ is currently on notice as a result of the National Opera Review, having been given three years to turn its finances around or lose its status as a member of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group.

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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