David Lewis, a former Opera Australia chorus member, has been sentenced to three years in prison for historic child sex offences. Lewis, who was a permanent member of the Opera Australia chorus for 25 years – and whose most recent appearance for Opera Australia was in 2017’s Two Weddings, One Bride– pleaded guiltyin March to two counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 10 and 16, judge Sarah Huggett also taking into account three further charges of aggravated indecent assault in the sentencing.
David Lewis. Photograph © Opera Australia
The offences occurred between 1993 and 1995 when Lewis was in his mid-30s. The victim was 14 and 15 years old at the time and a member of the Opera Australia children’s chorus. While a number of assaults occurred at the Sydney Opera House – one witnessed by a crew member, the Sydney Morning Herald reported, and another by Opera Australia’s dance captain and ballet master, according to the ABC. Lewis also drove the victim to his house where he assaulted her in his spa, the court heard.
No action was taken against Lewis when the...