Opera Australia endorse current artistic leadership amidst impressive financial results.

The board of Opera Australia has signed up Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini for another five years. The extension comes on the back of robust financial news for Opera Australia in 2012, a year which has seen the number of main stage ticket sales rise from 250,000 in 2011 to more than 410,000 – an impressive 64% increase. The anticipated net surplus for 2012 is also expected to have increased on recent years.

Chairman of the board Ziggy Switkowski was fulsome in his praise stating that the originality and quality of recent Opera Australia productions and their commercial success reflected in large measure Terracini’s creative vision. “This is a very satisfying position,” he said. “By carefully balancing the offerings between highly popular, commercially successful projects such as South Pacific with more niche opera offerings such as the Ring Cycle, Mr Terracini has helped build sustainable momentum to Opera Australia. We are excited by opportunities ahead to present opera to more people in more imaginative ways, and we are very supportive of Mr Terracini’s plans and aspirations.”

Terracini, who has recently completed three years at the helm of the company, was clearly delighted. “My first term with Opera Australia has been very exciting,” he said, “and I must say that it is wonderful to have the support of a Board that is open to what an opera company can and might be in the 21st century.”

“It is equally wonderful to be working with a company that wants to communicate with as many people as possible. We have created some magical moments so far, with Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, a new La Bohème, a first foray into Broadway musicals with South Pacific, and of course Opera Australia’s first Ring Cycle which will take place at the end of this year. We have brought some new and exciting singers and conductors as well as some stimulating directors and new productions to our audiences. Consequently, I’m looking forward very much to developing what we have achieved thus far over the next five years.”