The report into Australia’s opera companies recommends increased funding and a cap on international singers.
The findings of former Arts Minister George Brandis’ National Opera Review have been released on Tuesday by Arts Minister Mitch Fifield to a general chorus of approval from within the industry. The review was “aimed at promoting the financial viability, artistic vibrancy and accessibility” of Australia’s four Major Opera Companies: Opera Australia (OA), Opera Queensland (OQ), State Opera of South Australia (SOSA) and West Australian Opera (WAO).
Stefan Vinke as Siegfriend with The Rhinemaidens in Opera Australia’s 2013 production of The Ring Cycle. Photo by Jeff Busby
The comprehensive Report contains 118 recommendations to Governments, which it says “should be regarded as an integrated package”. These include an increase in funding of $24.1 million over four years, an appropriate balance between the numbers of Australian and international singers employed, the elevation of Victorian Opera to Major Performing Arts (MPA) status, and a package to help Opera Queensland achieve financial stability in order to retain its MPA status.
The Report also recommends that Opera Australia’s long-run musicals should not receive public funding, describing this as “a...