State Opera South Australia was created by an Act of Parliament in 1976. Notable historic achievements include two complete Wagner Ring Cycles; Australian premieres of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and Moby Dick; John Adams’ Nixon in China and El Nino; Philip Glass’ Trilogy (Akhnaten, Einstein on the beach and Satyagraha); and the world premiere of Cloudstreet, based on Tim Winton’s iconic novel.
The company has collaborated with prestige partners including the Adelaide Festival of Arts and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Our Artistic Assessment Panel comprises well-respected peers from the SA arts community. In mid 2018, Artistic Director Stuart Maunder AM and Executive Director Yarmila Alfonzetti commenced at State Opera.
State Opera has a commitment to Australian works, evidenced by our new Lost Operas of Oz series. Each Lost Opera of Oz is directed, designed, conducted and performed by Australians. Recent works include Boojum! (Martin Wesley-Smith), Madeleine Lee (John Haddock) and Christina’s World (Dorothy Hewett).