Opera Australia announces world-wide search for new Artistic Director

Opera-Australia-Lyndon-Terracini-AMOpera Australia today announced it has commenced an international search for a new Artistic Director to succeed Lyndon Terracini AM when his contract concludes at the end of 2023. The Company has engaged REA consulting, led by Richard Evans, to work with the CEO and Board on the world-wide search.

Fiona Allan, CEO Opera Australia acknowledged Lyndon’s contribution to the Company and Australia’s cultural landscape. “Although I have not been working with Lyndon long, it is clear the enormous contribution Lyndon has made at OA since his appointment in 2009, especially his commitment to high performance standards, his innovation and entrepreneurial thinking,” she said.

“From his ground-breaking fully digital productions incorporating giant LED screens and cutting-edge lighting and sound technologies, to the development of the now internationally renowned Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022.”

“His mission to deliver opera and musical performances of the highest quality to the widest possible audience, has been the driving force of the Company’s success during his tenure. And by partnering with world renowned musical theatre producers and major international opera houses, Lyndon has significantly broadened OA’s performing scope and audience reach.”

“The above is just the tip of the iceberg of Lyndon’s achievements over the past decade, and we will have the opportunity to properly celebrate these over the 2023 season,” said Ms Allan.

“Opera Australia owes Lyndon Terracini a great debt, and we have invited him to have an Emeritus role with the company after his term as Artistic Director finishes. The Board is committed to a rigorous international search for his successor,” said OA Chair Professor Glyn Davis.

Speaking to OA staff today, Lyndon Terracini AM said “I’ve enjoyed my time as Artistic Director of OA enormously and I’m extremely proud of everything we’ve been able to achieve together. The past two years have been hugely challenging for all of us but to see and hear the wonderful performances so far this year has been thrilling,” he said.

“I’m also delighted that CEO Fiona Allan, supported by Chair Professor Glyn Davis AC and the Opera Australia Board, have asked me to continue with Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour (HOSH) post 2023. This is a great thrill!”

“Finally, I’m looking forward to the wonderful productions we have planned for the next two years and to working with all of you, right up until December 31 2023,” said Mr Terracini.

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Image: Lyndon Terracini AM – courtesy of Opera Australia