Australian Contemporary Opera Co. is the leading independent producer of contemporary opera in Australia. Established in Melbourne in 2008, 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.
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 artistically to a strong, inclusive, diverse and empathic global community.
© 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
Young woman in light blue maxi dress, man in flannelette shirt, woman in light blue shirt and jeans walk barefoot into a verdant creek
The spirit of the company is forged with our artists, musicians, creative teams and crew. Their daily dedication to achieving authenticity in story-telling and world-class standards 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.
Our artists range from internationally renowned, established professionals to resident young (emerging) artists. We are a melting pot of experience, expertise and talent, and provide a unique platform for Australia's best performing and creative artists to connect with Australian audiences.
Many ACOCo artists now have 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.
We are especially proud of our 12-year young artist program, which has provided professional experience and opportunity to exceptional Australian and international talented artists at the beginning of their careers. Working with ACOCo secures their professional reputations as Australian artists of excellence.
Credit: Opera Australia
Stacey Alleaume as Violetta
LA TRAVIATA - Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Cond. by Brian Castles-Onion
Soprano Stacey Alleaume was an ACOCo Young Artist in 2009 and 2010, and Principal Artist in 2013 & 2018.
Woman dressed in a frilled lace dressing gown, in last stages of terminal illness, on her bed, remembering the love of her life.
OUR 2022 SEASON
"...in response to an extraordinary evening spent in the company of ACOCO. In my (humble!) opinion, ACOCO is exactly what the arts [in Australia], is in need of…ingenuity, originality and creative inspiration.
Thank you. I felt as if I was in New York, and enjoying the richness of a company who is inspired to perform, rather than simply funded to perform...The breadth of talent from the opera singers is wonderful. So much texture and originality. And the orchestra that expertly journeyed with them through the program, provided a different and yet, sensitive synergetic interpretation of the operatic performance."
February / March
City & Regional
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND BY WILL TODD & MAGGIE GOTTLIEB
>> Yarra Park, MCG Precinct, Jolimont
>> Bolobek, Macedon
>> Cruden Farm, Langwarrin
>> Alowyn Gardens, Yarra Glen
August / September
New Work -
Gallery Installation with Live Performances
>> No Vacancy Gallery at QV
September / October
Melbourne Recital Centre
American Opera Double Bill
THE LOSER BY DAVID LANG
TO HELL AND BACK BY JAKE HEGGIE & GENE SCHEER
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
>> Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
>> Afternoon Delight at Tugurium
>> Chief Executive Women's Dinner
>> National Gallery of Australia 40th Foundation Dinner
>> Working Party - THE INCIDENT by William Barton
Credit: Hamish Brown
Description: Actor Richard Piper and Conductor Carlo Antonioli sitting together on a park bench pre-performance of Book of Longing at Fed Square.
2023 - 2024 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT
We are in the process of finalising our next strategic plan!
Our 2023 performances will be announced early in the year.
Our Festival will return in a new location and time-slot in Summer 2024
Mark Feb 10-18 2024 in your diary for a wonderful 10 days of contemporary opera and song.
“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