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 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.

Robina Weir
President, The Friends of the State Opera of South Australia

Committee Members

President: Robina Weir
Vice Presidents: Beata Byok
Secretary: Kay Dowling
Treasurer: Yvonne McMurray
Members: Pauline Brooks, Marlene Gregory, Helen Haines, Jan Harris, Christopher Stone, John Tuckey & Rene Young
Ex Officio:  Executive Director Yarmila Alfonzetti and Artistic Director Stuart Maunder
Newsletter Editor: Karen Peterson

Become a Friend

Benefits of becoming a friend include: 

The music, the drama and the excitement in the company of friends

Opportunities to meet the Artists, Directors, Conductors, Designers and Technicians

Helping young singers realize their dreams

Introductions to the Season’s productions

Newsletters, information and ‘behind the scenes’ news

Fundraising functions & musical events
Membership Application

Please mail to:
The Secretary
The Friends of the State Opera of SA Inc.
GPO Box 2412
Adelaide SA 5001

Friends Calendar

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The Friends News

April 18, 2018 in The Friends

President’s Report – Forty Second Annual General Meeting

The Friends of the State Opera  of South Australia Incorporated President’s Report Forty Second Annual General Meeting Sunday 8th April 2018 I am proud, as President, to…
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February 22, 2018 in The Friends

The Friends News – February 2018

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October 1, 2017 in The Friends

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August 1, 2017 in The Friends

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May 1, 2017 in The Friends

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September 1, 2016 in The Friends

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Get In Touch

Please contact The Friends to find out more

The Secretary


GPO Box 2412 Adelaide SA 5001


0439 981 517

Business Hours

Monday to Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm