Australian Contemporary Opera Co. is the leading independent producer of contemporary opera in Australia.  Established as a young artist company in Melbourne in 2008, and now with artist and creative cohort from all over Australia and overseas, ACOCo presents contemporary productions and events platforming ideas, talent, creativity and artistry.  Our work has been described as "bold and visionary" "pretty cool" and "outstanding"

ACOCo respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Country on which we live, work and create. Sovereignty was never ceded, and we pay our respects to First Peoples across Victoria and Australia.

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The artist is a resolute builder amidst the ruins, with hopes interrupted and dreams broken. And at our fingertips we have access to profound beauty: something simply and powerfully sublime that can be shared - to transcend the everyday.

MUSIC BY HÁNDEL, BEETHOVEN,
MOZART & OTHERS

SEPTEMBER 1 - 4

NO VACANCY GALLERY
JANE BELL LANE
QV - MELBOURNE

ADULTS $22 CONC. $17
U21 - 10 free tickets available per session

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ONE NIGHT ONLY: 3/10/22

Two extraordinary stories by American living legends, performed by three leading Australian leading singer-actors: Christopher Hillier, Desiree Frahn & Dimity Shepherd

THE LOSER
music and libretto by DAVID LANG
TO HELL AND BACK
music by JAKE HEGGIE libretto by GENE SCHEER

CONDUCTED by
Carlo Antonioli
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 2022 Cybec Assistant Conductor Fellow

MONDAY OCTOBER 3
7PM
ELISABETH MURDOCH HALL
MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE


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OUR WORK

ACOCo's practice takes the form of performances and creations that explore human triumphs, foibles, follies and failures.

 

We believe that music, theatre and visual storytelling are the fundamental building blocks for engaging in human relationships. We focus on enhancing these aspects in all of our shows to create an unforgettable experience.

 

ACOCo embraces the non-traditional and the new, and with imaginative versions of old, to make opera of now. In everything we do, we maintain standards of professional excellence and integrity in platforming Australian talent.​

We are driven to contribute artisticaly to a strong, inclusive, diverse and empathic global community.

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© ACOCo - Monk Parrots USA 2020

Gates Leonard (USA) and Joshua Oxley (NSW) in

LOVE FAIL by David Lang - Yarra Valley Opera Festival

dir. Luke Leonard 

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Young woman in light blue maxi dress, man in flannelette shirt, woman in light blue shirt and jeans walk barefoot into a verdant creek

OUR ARTISTS

The spirit of the company is formed through our artists, musicians, creative teams and crew. Their daily dedication to achieving 'world-class' in preparation, rehearsal and performance is inspiring.

 

The stories told are interwoven with their own unique perspectives and experiences; real and relevant. Committed to making a contribution to an art form that has its roots beyond a western classical music tradition, ACOCo whole-heartedly embraces its role as operatic storytellers for the 21st century.

We are especially proud of our 12-year Young Artist Program, which has given building blocks to many talented artists at the beginning of their careers. Working with ACOCo secures their professional reputations as Australian artists of excellence.

 

Since 2008, ACOCo young artists have gone on to significant national and international careers, singing leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera NYC, Royal Opera Covent Garden UK, New York City Opera, Singapore Opera, Israeli Opera, Royal Opera Muscat, Scottish National Opera, Bregenz Festival Austria, Glyndebourne Opera UK, English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, San Francisco Opera, Opera Australia, Detroit Opera and others.

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Credit: Opera Australia

Stacey Alleaume as Violetta

LA TRAVIATA - Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

cond. by Brian Castles-Onion

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Woman dressed in a frilled lace dressing gown, in last stages of terminal illness, on her bed, remembering the love of her life.

“Opera, where virtually every single element of art is involved, is unique still. Music, text, literature, movement, dance, ballet, body, history, psychology, light, visual arts…it’s the most extreme, the most real and emotionally powerful form of performing arts."


- BARRIE KOSKY  International Australian Opera and Theatre Director