Artists, Musicians & Creative Crew

The Australian Contemporary Opera Co. has a twelve-year track record of acclaimed opera productions, international collaborations, and unforgettable events. The company is made up of exceptionally skilled performers and creators, with considerable expertise and experience across a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. Our collective stories are imaginatively presented, with the audience experience firmly in our focus, in conception, preparation and delivery. The transfer of knowledge and expertise, observation and instinct, is a hallmark of ACOCo - young artists alongside seasoned professionals, working together for public good.

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Linda Thompson Artistic Director / CEO  b. VIC

Founder and Artistic Director of ACOCo, Gertrude Opera and Yarra Valley Opera Festival. Former Head of Voice at Monash University.

Principal soprano Opera Australia between 1991 - 2013.

 

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Brian Castles-Onion AM Conductor/ Board Member b. NSW

Conductor, pianist, record producer, raconteur, writer

 

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Luke Leonard Stage Director / Collaborator (USA)

Artistic Director Monk Parrots (NYC)

 

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Patrick Burns Conductor/ Music Director

Conductor, music director

 

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Hadleigh Adams Bass bartione (b. NZ)

Inaugural company member (2009), Guest Artist 2016, 2020

 

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Stacey Alleaume Soprano (b. VIC)

Inaugural company member (2009-2011), Guest Artist 2013, 2015, 2020

 

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John Marcus Bindel Bass baritone (USA)

Guest Artist 2019, 2020

 

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Emily Burke Soprano (b. TAS)

Guest Artist 2019, 2020

 

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Darcy Carroll Baritone (b. VIC)

Studio Artist 2017, Guest Artist 2019, 2020

 

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Zoe Drummond Soprano (b. VIC, lives London)

Guest Artist 2019, 2020

 

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Naomi Flatman Mezzo soprano (b. CHE, lives Brisbane)

Studio Artist (2018), Guest Artist 2019, 2020

 

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Heather Fletcher Mezzo soprano (b. USA, lives Melbourne)

 Guest Artist 2019, 2020

 

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Harry Grigg Tenor (b. NZ, lives London)

 Guest Artist 2019, 2020

 

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Na'ama Goldman  Mezzo soprano (b. ISR, lives Berlin)

 Studio Exchange Artist 2011, Guest Artist 2020

 

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Enrique Guzmán Tenor (b. MEX, lives Mexico City)

 Studio Guest Artist 2016, Guest Artist 2020

 

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Jessica Harper Soprano (b. NZ, lives Dresden)

 Inaugural winner of GO Australasian heat of Glyndebourne Opera Cup  2019, Guest Artist 2020

 

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Amanda Henderson Designer (b. SA, lives Melbourne)

Design Consultant 2009 -

 

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Sarah Heltzel Mezzo soprano (b. USA, lives Boston)

 Guest Artist 2018, 2020

 

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Bethany Hill Soprano (b. SA, lives Adelaide)

 Studio Young Artist 2017, Guest Artist 2020

 

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Nigel Huckle Tenor (b. Australia, ed. USA, lives Melbourne)

 Studio Young Artist 2017, Guest Artist 2020

 

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Amelia Jones Soprano (b. Wales, lives Melbourne)

 Guest Artist 2020

 

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Michael Lapiña Tenor (b. Philippines, lives Melbourne)

Guest Artist 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019, 2020

 

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Alexandra Lidgerwood Soprano (b. VIC, lives London)

Studio Young Artist 2014-2016, Guest Artist 2017, 2020

 

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Yang Luo Tenor (b. CHN, lives Nanjing)

Guest Artist 2019, 2020

 

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Andew Moran Baritone (b. VIC, lives Sydney)

Guest Artist 2017, 2020

 

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Greta Nash  Director/Writer (b. VIC, lives Melbourne)

Director 2017, 2018, 2019, Director/Editor 2020

 

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Joshua Oxley  Tenor (b. UK, lives Melbourne/Sydney)

Young Artist 2018, 2019, 2020

 

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Joshua Erdelyi-Götz  Baritone (b. VIC, lives Melbourne)

Studio Young Artist 2016-2018 Guest Artist 2020

 

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NuoLin OuYang  Baritone (b. CHN, lives Melbourne)

Young Artist 2019, 2020

 

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Belinda Paterson  Mezzo soprano (b. VIC, lives Melbourne)

Guest Artist 2012, 2014, 2015, 2020

 

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Sam Roberts-Smith  Baritone (b. WA, lives Perth)

Guest Artist 2019, 2020

 

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Ashlyn Skye Tymms  Mezzo soprano (b. WA, lives Perth)

Studio Young Artist 2010, Guest Artist 2020

 

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Sam Ward  Baritone (b. VIC, lives Melbourne)

Guest Artist 2019, 2020

 

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Georgia Wilkinson  Soprano (b. VIC, lives Melbourne)

Studio Young Artist 2018-2019 Guest Artist 2020

 

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Leo Williams  Tenor (b. USA, lives Palm Beach)

Studio Young Artist 2019, Guest Artist 2020

 

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Studio Young Artist 2009-2010, Guest Artist 2015, 2020

 

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Sophie Yelland  Mezzo soprano (b.UK, ed.Melbourne lives Wales)

Young Artists

2021

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Alexandra Amerides  Contralto (VIC)

Van Straten - Turley Foundation Fellowship 2019 - 2021

Studio Young Artist 2019, 2020 - 

 

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Studio Young Artist 2020 - 

 

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Tash Atkins  Soprano (NSW)

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Henkell Family Fellowship 2020, 2021

Studio Young Artist 2020 - 

 

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Daniel Felton  Baritone (VIC)

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Gertrude Johnson Fellowship 2021

Studio Young Artist 2021 

 

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Angelique Tot  Mezzo soprano (NSW/VIC)

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Sandra Liu Soprano (NSW)

Henkell Family Fellowship 2021

Studio Young Artist 2021 

 

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Henkell Family Fellowship 2020

Studio Young Artist 2020 - 

 

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Callum MacDonald  Bass (VIC)

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Studio Young Artist 2021 

 

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Jessica Mills  Soprano (SA)

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Studio Young Artist 2021 

 

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Zhibang Chen  Tenor (CHN/MEL)

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Studio Young Artist 2021 

 

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Leah Phillips  Soprano (VIC)

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Studio Young Artist 2020 - 

 

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Grace Gallur  Soprano/Conductor (NSW/VIC)

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Studio Young Artist 2020 - 2021*

 

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Erin Absalom  Mezzo soprano (VIC)

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Katie Miller-Crispe  Soprano (NSW)

Studio Young Artist 2020 - 2021*

 

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Creative Crew

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Production/Stage Manager (project-based)

 

Matthew Nash   (b.UK, lives Melbourne)

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Company Manager (project-based)

 

Alison Jones   (b.VIC, lives Melbourne)

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Administrator (casual)

 

Sabrina Baker   (b.NSW, lives Melbourne)

Stage Management (Festival) 2019 -

 

Kaitlyn McKenzie  (b.SA, lives Adelaide)

Lighting Designer 2018, 2019, 2020

 

Jason Crick  (b.SA, lives Melbourne)

Stage Technician (Festival) 2019 - 

 

Mikayla Bishop  (b.NSW, lives Sydney)

Sound Engineer 2019 - 

 

Fergus Nash  (b.VIC, lives Melbourne)

Wardrobe Supervisor

 

Debbie Jenkins  (b.VIC, lives Melbourne)

Artistic Director

Linda Thompson

Creative Associates 2020 - 2021

Brian Castles-Onion AM

Luke Leonard (Monk Parrots, USA)

Patrick Burns

Katy Maudlin

Greta Nash (GGG Films)

Olaf Meyer (Multimedia Events)

Amanda Henderson (Gloss Creative)

Eric Einhorn (On Site Opera USA)

Craig Pilkington (Audrey Studios)

Cameron Lukey (PR-Publicity)

Alexandra Amerides (Ass. Dir. As One)

Matthew Toogood

Dean Sky-Lucas

Jacob Abela

Alexis Enyart (USA)

Glenn Amer, piano

Flora Carbo, saxophone

Michael Veitch

Karina Bailey 

Markus Matheis

Jess Reddi Coronell, visual artist

Zoe Knighton, cello

Kristian Winther, violin

Natalia Harvey, violin

SuYing Aw, viola

Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba, violin

Brendan Toohey, clarinet

Anna Cadden, Cinematographer

Ehran Edwards, Cinematographer

Tiana Koutsis, Cinematographer

Kate Baker, YAVA Gallery & Arts Hub