State Opera of South Australia

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State Opera South Australia[1] is a professional opera company in Adelaide, South Australia, established in 1976. Each year, State Opera presents at least two major operatic productions as well as producing or supporting other productions in venues around South Australia.


State Opera South Australia was established in 1976 under The State Opera Act of 1976, an initiative of Don Dunstan.

It 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.

Its artistic director and CEO from 2011 until 2017 was Timothy Sexton.[2]

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  1. ^ About us, State Opera South Australia
  2. ^ "State Opera of South Australia to conduct review after CEO and artistic director Tim Sexton resigns" by Patrick McDonald, The Advertiser (Adelaide), 8 May 2017
  3. ^ "Wagner's Ring Cycle in Adelaide" (PDF). National Library of Australia. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  4. ^ Smith, Steve (2 May 2010). "A Role for the Roiling Sea as Ahab Hunts His Whale". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Le grand macabre: Adelaide Festival (Australia), 26 February 2010". Opera Britannia. Retrieved 26 August 2011.

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