Australian Contemporary Opera Co.

Making great opera for great people.


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


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 human relationships. We focus on enhancing these aspects in all of our shows to create an unforgettable experience with each production.


ACOCo embraces the non-traditional and the new, and with imaginative versions of old, maintaining standards of professional excellence and integrity across all output.

We continue to work and roll with COVID-19 challenges and disruptions, connecting with our collaborators, artist stakeholders and audiences in the creating and sharing of our particular brand of contemporary productions. 

It is a privilege to live the arts and we cherish this opportunity to contribute to a strong, diverse and joyful global artistic community.


© ACOCo - Lyz Turner-Clark 2019

Frances Kruske (USA) and Joshua Oxley (NSW) in

POPPEA - Yarra Valley Opera Festival

dir. Gale Edwards des. Joseph Noonan cond. Evan Lawson

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DEC 1 - 11, 2022


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 and others.


Credit: Opera Australia

Stacey Alleaume as Violetta

LA TRAVIATA - Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

cond. by Brian Castles-Onion

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“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 

ACOCo is an NFP/ DGR/Registered charity Est. 2008
Donations are tax-deductible. 

All donations, big or small, turn into the gift of opera for others to enjoy.

Please contact us if you want to discuss a large, named gift or bequest.

What better way to acknowledge a beloved person's passion for arts & culture beyond their lifetime?