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 2018 The Friends are delighted to be continuing their support for State Opera SA through their production sponsorship of Bizet’s beautiful The Pearl Fishers in May. In addition, The Friends will continue with their role supporting the development of young performers through sponsoring masterclasses, supporting attendance at special courses and performance opportunities at Friends events.
The Friends activities in 2018 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 2018 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.