Sector responds to National Opera Review

Contention over call for an additional $24.1 million funding for the major opera companies.

The steps of the Sydney Opera House transformed into a stage for the first time ever in Opera Australia’s The Eighth Wonder. Photo by Prudence Upton. 

Commissioned by the former Minister for the Arts, Senator George Brandis, the National Opera Review final report was released earlier this week – several months later than planned.

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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