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The State Opera is a Statutory Authority of the State Government of South Australia, established in 1976.


To promote and develop The State Opera of SA as one of Australia's most exciting and innovative performing arts companies. To reinforce, through the Company's activities, South Australia's reputation both nationally and internationally as a State recognised for its rich cultural life and artistic excellence.


To be renowned nationally and internationally as the performing arts company that presents a mix of traditional and non-traditional specialist repertoire including events that attract tourism to South Australia. To present, produce, manage and conduct operatic performances of any kind as may promote the art of the opera and related theatrical arts that excite continued and renewed interest in the art form.

In fulfilling this charter, State Opera aims to:


  • stage operatic work that is of the highest artistic quality, promoting excellence and innovation;
  • offer employment and creative development opportunities for local artists and theatre workers;
  • provide a leadership role for the local arts community;
  • attract new audiences to opera, providing opportunities for engagement and participation to all members of the community;
  • work collaboratively with other arts organisations to optimise audiences and resources.



The State Opera of South Australia was established under The State Opera Act of 1976 to present, produce, manage and conduct theatrical and operatic performances of any kind as may in its opinion tend to promote the art of the opera and related theatrical arts. The State Opera is in receipt of financial assistance from the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia and the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council.

As a partner in The Opera Conference, the national partnership of professional opera companies in Australia, The State Opera participates in the commissioning and presentation of new productions which would otherwise not be possible without the benefit of combined resources.

Each year, The State Opera presents at least three major operatic productions at the Festival Theatre in Adelaide as well as producing and/or supporting many smaller productions in The Opera Studio. For Schedule of productions since 1973 click here.


Board and Staff

State Opera Board of Management

Simon Hatcher, Chair
Pauline Brooks OAM
James Bruce
Mark de Raad
Christine Rothauser


Timothy Sexton: Chief Executive Officer & Artistic Director
Nigel Bray: Finance Director 
Debra Pahl: Executive Assistant & Communications Manager 
Judith Branford: Head of Wardrobe
David Barnard: Head of Music
Lara Francis: Marketing Manager

Life Patron

Diana Ramsay AO

Honorary Life Members

Richard Brown
Hugh Cunningham
Diana Ramsay AO

State Opera South Australia Annual Report 2012-2013

To download the pdf click here