Created as a Statutory Authority, under the State Opera of South Australia Act in 1976, the State Opera of South Australia was established to present, produce, manage and conduct theatrical and operatic performances that attract a diverse local, national and, potentially, international audience. It is a flagship arts organisation in South Australia and has made a huge contribution to the operatic arts, not just in South Australia, but at a national and international level, as well.
State Opera is renowned as a small, specialist company that presents innovative and exciting work on a grand scale. Its most notable achievements include:
- Two complete Wagner Ring Cycles (the Paris Châtelet production in 1998 and the first ever Australian-built Ring Cycle in 2004)
- Australian premieres of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and Moby Dick; John Adams’ Nixon in China and El Nino; Philip Glass’ biographical opera Trilogy (Akhnaten, Einstein on the beach and Satyagraha);
- World premiere of Cloudstreet based on Tim Winton’s beloved Australian novel
State Opera also has an enviable reputation for investing in the development and presentation of new works in both full scale and workshop form, and is proud of its extraordinary operatic collaborations in association with Adelaide Festival of Arts and companies such as Glyndebourne Festival Opera, including: Flight, Le Grand Macabre, the Fiery Angel, Saul and most recently, Brett Dean’s Hamlet