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USA Mezzo soprano Sarah Heltzel as Offred with Michael Veitch as Prof. Piexoto in The Handmaid's Tale Dir. Linda Thompson des. Joseph Noonan ©ACOCo 2018


ACOCo respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet and create.  We acknowledge their living culture and unique role in the life of this region.  We pay our respects to Elders past and present, as well as to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the wider community and beyond. Sovereignty was never ceded.

Welcome to Australian Contemporary Opera Co (ACOCO).


Established in 2008, ACOCO has earned an impressive track record through dynamic, excellent and cutting-edge premiere opera - theatre productions. Described as a "bold and visionary" opera company, ACOCO brings artists and audiences together to celebrate the vibrant spirit of contemporary opera in Australia.



ACOCo sings stories of today and tomorrow to connect, inspire and celebrate.

AOCCo works to make our company and productions reflect our place, the diversity of our culture and the part of the world we live in.

ACOCo believes opera is a living and evolving art form, able to connect and appeal to people from all parts of our society.

Since 2009, collaboration with artists and partners, including multi-media and digital, ACOCo has consistently delivered award-winning, exceptional festival, regional and mainstream projects.     


In the interests of broadest and immediate impact, ACOCO productions are performed in English as the predominant language spoken in Australia.

ACOCo is driven to:


Harness the power of arts and culture to connect and enrich lives

Reach audiences through compelling performances, new works, a pipeline of local talent, and meaningful cultural experiences, including festival and regional activities.


Embrace our multiculturalism through a synthesis of dramatic vocal, musical and theatrical arts

Tell stories of us and of others, nature home-grown talent, provide a place for international talent, platform Australian identity and community.


Expand social impact through innovation and accessibility

Strategic expansion of production techniques, including digital innovation. Increase capacity for participation and further enhance our international reputation.


Identify and develop Australian content, stories and talent

Develop new work, secure a future for new generations of artists and audience. Act as a critical bridge for artists to connect to the world through Australian story-telling which incorporates the voice and song of First Nations people.


"The body of work...represents an exceptional work ethic, organizational capacity and vision. But more importantly,... this work reflects a consistent taste that is both distinguished and individual. In the face of remarkably limited resources, enterprising standards and an elegance has been achieved. The work has had a life and vivacity that sets it apart...In addition it exhibits a significant additional frame of reference…"
- Dr Peter Corrigan AM
Theatre Designer/Architect (1941-2016)
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