Victorian Opera and Opera Australia have announced their first ever collaboration

In a year that is light on OA’s Melbourne offerings, a new collaboration between it and VO offers food for thought.

When Opera Australia (OA) announced its 2023 Melbourne season last September, there was a strong backlash from opera supporters in the southern state. 

While Sydney audiences would be treated to revivals of Aida, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni and La Bohème plus two new productions of The Tales of Hoffmann and Adriana Lecouvreur, in Melbourne there were to be no staged operas and just two concert performances at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals. Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.