About The Friends
The story of the evolution of the Friends of State Opera is one of dedication to the art that is opera through their passionate support, hard work and above all, belief in the State Opera of South Australia. For forty years there has been an unbroken chain of dedicated people who have, through The Friends and State Opera helped, not only to keep opera alive in South Australia, but enabled it to thrive and take on a new creative life.
In 1991 The Friends of State Opera SA launched their acclaimed book, ‘Through the Opera Glass, a Chronological Register of Opera performed in South Australia from 1836 to 1988’. The result of years of hard work and research by a team of Friends’ Volunteers, led by the indomitable Kathleen Steele Scott AM, the book was designed as part of the 150th celebrations of South Australia as a gift to subscribers. It’s dedication reads: ‘ To all who love opera and to the many dedicated people who have helped to keep opera alive in South Australia.’
In 2016 The Friends were proud to celebrate their fortieth year together with State Opera, in the knowledge that it was upon that dedication so much of who and what we are rests.
In 2017 The Friends are delighted to be continuing their support of the State Opera through their production sponsorship of La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi as well as the Verdi Spectacular to be held in the wonderful acoustics of the Adelaide Town Hall. In addition The Friends will continue to assist in their role in the further development of individual young artists as well as through their support of the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation Opera Program.
The Friends activities in 2017 will include the ever popular Opera Voices Introductions, which provide Members with the opportunity to hear from our opera production Directors, Conductors and Singers in the creative and social ambience of the Opera Studio. In looking forward to State Opera of South Australia’s 41st Anniversary season, we encourage you to join The Friends and become part of the dedicated team that shares in the passion and power of the great art form that is opera.
Pauline Brooks OAM
President, The Friends of the State Opera of South Australia
The Friends of the State Opera South Australia Committee Members
|President:||Pauline Brooks OAM|
|Vice Presidents:||Robina Weir|
|Members:||Helen Haines, Jan Harris, Christopher Stone, John Tuckey, Rene Young, Beata Byok & Marlene Gregory|
|Ex Officio:||Timothy Sexton (CEO and Artistic Director, State Opera of South Australia)|
|Newsletter Editor:||Karen Peterson|