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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
- T. S. Eliot

Australian Contemporary Opera Co. is a place for talented story-tellers - emerging and established -  to meaningfully connect with their audiences.


Through contemporary repertoire and lens, artists of all kinds expand skills and horizons, role and project experience with ACOCo - opening up a world of opportunities in the global opera arena.

Talent development is a life-long task.  ACOCo is committed to being that place where artists find their authentic voice and artistic personality.



ACOCo is not only engaged in creating performances of now, we're setting the bar for the future:  leaving our unique footprint on the path of artists' careers, connecting them with their supporters and audience, and enabling the future of a dynamic performing arts sector. 


Aside from an exceptional voice and interpretative instinct, the most important elements for any highly-talented artist in the professional arena are grit, a deep need to communicate, and acceptance that opera is a team-sport.  Every contribution is vital, and every individual success is a team success.

Each year since 2009, a select group of post-tertiary (or equiv.) emerging artists are chosen to be members of the extraordinary ACOCo Resident Emerging Artists Program. Our Resident Emerging Artists develop individually and collectively during their time with ACOCo, adding roles and repertoire to CVs, and professional skills and experiences to their toolbox.

Inspired by the motto of legendary Australian soprano and entrepreneur Gertrude Johnson MBE: "learning by doing",  ACOCo's Emerging Artist Program is led by Artistic Director Linda Thompson and creative associates. The program provides tuition-free professional development and paid stage experience to young artists as they begin and expand their professional careers.


Singers gain valuable experience with ACOCo by being featured in leading and supporting roles, covering (understudying) roles, participate in small ensembles, and are presented as soloists in concert and soiree programs. Other artists - conductors, stage directors, designers, lighting designers - are engaged to lead and work on dynamic and unique projects.

ACOCo is committed to supporting and nurturing the careers of artists long-term, by bringing back alumni for leading roles in future seasons and guest appearances.

Past participants who are now leading principal artists in Australia and around the world include:

In addition to staged productions and concerts, our resident emerging artists participate in coaching, community engagement performances, industry auditions and master classes given by distinguished artists and professionals in their field.  

This practical program is designed to assist skilled opera and music theatre (classically-trained) performers to take their professional careers to the next level.  At the end of their participation, which can range from 1 - 3 years depending on the individual, singers will have worked within a repertory rehearsal, preparation and performance environment.  


All activities are geared towards equipping young artists with skills, stamina, experience and reputation to take their place in the professional spotlight - and to give audiences an opportunity to engage with their creative development and professional careers.

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WE are happy to accept expressions of interest via email from professional and emerging artists (CV and URLs to recent videos/self-tapes) at any time. 



We have the capacity to include international emerging artists under a Special Program (Visa SubClass 408) cultural exchange arrangement, but all costs of visa, travel, accommodation and living expenses need to be covered by the individual.

Plans for 2023 - 2024 include preparations for a 3-opera, multi-event 10-day Festival of Contemporary Opera and Song in February 2024.  


As well as a secure vocal technique and musical/dramatic proficiency, we're looking for versatility, and openness to doing things 'differently'.

We pay minimum LPA rates on a project-by-project basis for staged and audience-facing projects.​

Our staged operas are performed in English as the predominant language of our audience. ACOCo believes in shaping opera and operatic music-theatre to fit our contemporary place and narrative, the artists in our cohort with our audiences front-of-mind.


SINGERS (with capacity to be Melbourne-based):

* EOI with links to CV and recent recordings

(please do not send files requiring download or viewing permission)


*EOI with an artistic statement, link to CV and showreel or video samples (please do not send files requiring download or viewing permission)

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