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.
JULY 9 - 11
AUG 18 - 25, 2022
OCT 3, 2022
OCT 3, 2022
DEC 1 - 11, 2022
DEC 1 - 11, 2022
Our practice spans performances and creation of works that tell stories of us and of others. Festival, mainstage, chamber and digital performances are linked by a focus on enhancing human relationships through musical, theatrical and visual story-telling. We embrace the non-traditional and the new, and new versions of old, while maintaining standards of excellence and integrity across all output.
We continue to work and roll with COVID-19 challenges and disruptions, with our eyes firmly on connecting with our audiences in the creating and sharing of our contemporary productions.
© 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
Woman on knees in pain, Police standing over, holding arm behind her back.
We love our artists, musicians, creative teams and crew. Their daily dedication to achieving 'world-class' in preparing, rehearsal and performance is inspiring. The stories told, interwoven with their own unique perspectives and experiences, are 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.
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Each year, we select a small number of Principal and Associate Young Artists and give them the opportunity to create world-class work and build their audiences for the future.
Thanks to the long-term support of the Gertrude Johnson Estate, Urquhart Charitable Fund, the Henkell Family Fund and recently, the Eric Ormond Baker Fund, we shape opera performers, careers and audiences for the 21st Century.
Our Young Artists are regularly snapped up by Opera Australia and other professional companies - many can now be seen as principal artists on world stages. We actively seek new audiences and program to highlight the power of opera in its all-arts all-human encompassing form.
Stacey Alleaume as Violetta in Opera Australia's Handa Opera on the Harbour 2021.
Stacey was in our inaugural intake in 2009, and spent two years full-time in our program, returning as a guest artist in 2012 and 2015.
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Partnership & Collaboration
We love to partner with like-minded organisations and individuals who share in our vision to connect with people, and expand the contemporary opera global landscape with Australian stories and talent.
ACOCo has the capacity to develop and implement imaginative and inspiring partnerships, which deliver alignment and pride in both collaborative and public-facing activities.
A growing national and international presence sees us seeking a Principal Partner who is keen to be part of a bold journey over the next few years - and beyond. With a brand new Australian opera commission, new work development, professional young artists, Australian premieres, and tourism-hospitality joint ventures, there are multiple opportunities for a Principal Partner (and other Partners) to engage with the creative process and public outcomes.
Contact us to talk about what we might achieve together!
ACOCo at Fed Square (March 2021) - Australian Premiere of David Lang's love fail, co-production with Monk Parrots USA
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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