2021 Season Announcement



...APRIL 28...


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What is

 ACOCo (formerly Gertrude Opera) is a professional, NFP company

specialising in the production of contemporary and festival opera,

driven by attracting new and existing audiences for dynamic performances.


Our work involves compelling story-telling for our times - embracing multi-culturalism through a synthesis of dramatic vocal, musical and theatrical arts. 


We are of the 'live audience' tribe,

and we also play in the virtual arena.

What is
contemporary opera?

Contemporary opera is simply, 'of now'.  Stories of us, and of others - to try to make sense of our place in the world. Anything and everything, from old music transformed by new creative thinking to brand new, cutting-edge work. 

Contemporary opera takes artistic risks across a multitude of creative forms - composition, literature, design, fashion, dance, puppetry, technology, film, visual arts;

the thrill is in bringing together the work of a team of artists in an array of fields to create a compelling whole.

Do I need to know anything about opera before going?

There is no prior opera experience necessary; no correct response to a performance, nor any pre-learning to get the most out of it. You are only required to be present, absorb the story and allow yourself to be moved.


Contemporary opera may contain music you recognise, or it may be new - whether tuneful or dramatic, contemporary opera is not ambient entertainment; it is crafted to make you focus, and feel something.

Every production is a blank canvas for a wild ride for the imagination

and an opportunity for a new perspective.


Who is

ACOCo is made up of artists, musicians, designers and directors, led by founder and artistic director, Linda Thompson -

"a cultural entrepreneur for the 21st century" -  Dr Peter Ellyard, Futurist/Strategist/Author


ACOCo employs professional Australian and international artists and creative thinkers, and is supported by a network of enlightened and generous individuals and Foundations. 

>> ACOCo people

What makes ACOCo unique?

We're in the business of cultural tourism, with a 12-year track record of award-winning productions and a global perspective. We expand the horizons of our collaborators (professional artists, musicians, theatre-makers) through bold programming, and provide mentoring, skill development and experience for exceptional artists. 


We attract audiences through the programs we present, the stories we tell, and consistent excellence. Recent international collaborations include Monk Parrots (USA) 

Glyndebourne Festival Opera (UK)

Accolades & Awards
  • Outstanding Production by an Independent Company 2019 (The Enchanted Pig - Australian Premiere)

  • Outstanding Production by an Independent Company 2018 (The Handmaid's Tale - Australian Premiere)

  • Outstanding Direction 2020 (Linda Thompson, The Handmaid's Tale)

  • Outstanding Direction 2016 (Greg Eldridge, Trouble in Tahiti)

  • Outstanding Direction 2015 (Luke Leonard, the difficulty of crossing a field - Australian Premiere)


“I found a new love last night...

[it] absolutely moved me...I had always thought that opera was not my thing, but now...simply stunning .” 

— Diane, Audience Member

"Golden casting...costumes and design that dazzle and charm...world-class” 


- OperaChaser

Winner - THE ENCHANTED PIG - Outstanding Production by an Independent Company (OperaChaser 2019)

ACOCo acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the unceded lands where we live, learn and work.

ABN 69669689926
Registered Charity (DGR, TCC)
NFP, established 2008
© All rights reserved 2021
HQ: Level 2, 417 Collins Street Melbourne
POST: P.O. Box 529, East Melbourne VIC 8002

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