On the Couch with Elizabeth Hill-Cooper

Australian-Arts-Review-Victorian-Opera-Elizabeth-Hill-Cooper-photo-Charlie-KinrossWho is Elizabeth Hill-Cooper?
The Chief Executive Officer of Victorian Opera, a gardener, a retired dancer, a dog lover, an opera director and a choreographer.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I would be a gardener. I love it, you need patience, attention to detail and a lot of love.

Who inspires you and why?
My husband because he is always there and ready to support not only me but also all his extended family and loved ones.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Plant more trees and care for more people.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
The beach, anywhere. The majesty of the ocean is always in motion no matter how still. She can be gentle and she can be fierce and everything in between.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The Yarra Valley. It’s my doorstep and so full of gorgeous food, wine and good company in every corner and for every taste and budget. Perfect!

What are you currently reading?
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak and The Cycle by Michael M. Kaiser.

What are you currently listening to?
I have a favourite mix tape that I clean my house to. I kind of dance my way through the list and sing really loudly and badly. I also listen to opera, the power of the voice is incredible.

Happiness is?
A day in the garden with my husband, our dogs and sunshine, then eating a beautiful meal together and surveying our results for the day.

What does the future hold for you?
Currently, a long road to recovery for live performance. The balance of being safe and providing our artists, technicians, creatives the opportunity to present their art form to audiences and all experience the uniqueness of a live performance, being a part of something very special once again.

Elizabeth is the Chief Executive Officer of Victorian Opera – who continue to increase their online presence during the COVID-19 pandemic with a new recital series featuring Company Artists and a comic mini-series written for university-aged singers reflecting on life in lockdown. For more information, visit: www.victorianopera.com.au for details.

Image: Elizabeth Hill-Cooper – photo by Charlie Kinross