Support & Investment

Support from Donors, Sponsors and Partners for over 12 years has been vital in establishing the Australian Contemporary Opera Co. as a leading producer of contemporary opera and international platform for developing Australian talent.

Donors and Partners can be proud of the enduring impact of their investment in Australian talent, on behalf of audiences here in Australia, and around the world.

Donors and Partners are at the core of what we do, as their 'gifts' empower ours - and give us scope to create, collaborate, commission and present exceptional opera to stimulate, provoke and delight audiences - here in Melbourne, and over the next few years, in other states of Australia and overseas.

Supporters and Partners help us engage top international artists, singers and musicians for maximum impact on stage, and what we can offer to our local young artists. None of this is possible without generous support. 

We prefer to describe your support as 'investment' rather than donation. There is no doubt that from your financial contribution flows far-reaching benefits and impact - for the talent which ACOCo molds, audiences that are fortunate enough to see our work, and the ongoing development of an organic art form which predates and will outlive us all.


Philanthropy is the fuel for our growth and sustainability, and as an ACNC endorsed charity, with DGR and TCC status, you can claim a tax-deduction for your contribution.

See our Donor Circle below.

Donors and Partners who have contributed to the viability of specific projects and events bear this logo:


Thank you:


Podium $20k+ 

Maureen Wheeler AO

Urquhart Charitable Fund

Henkell Family Fund (Australian Communities Foundation)

Eric Ormond Baker Fund (Equity Trustees)

The Dowd Foundation (Mutual Trust)

Bill Gillies

Margaret Lawrence Bequest (2020)

Gertrude Johnson Estate

Front Row $10k+ 

Leanne and Emeri De Bortoli

Besen Family Foundation 

Nadia Taylor

Dress Circle $5k+ 

Ruth and Tom O'Dea  

Michael Anderson and Dr Khoi Bui

Amy Poynton

Jeffrey Brady

Stalls $1000+

Jane Kunstler

John & Mary Grant

Majorie & Eduard Eshuys

Millar Merrigan

Robert Taylor & Peter Hannah

Jane & Malcolm Steel


Lorna Nash

Circle $500 - $999

Nance Grant AM MBE & Ian Harris

Barbara & Robert Paterson

Irina Kuzminsky & Mark Delaney

Craig Lidgerwood & Stephen Ryan

Rupert Myer AO

Leanne Kessell

Paul & Gay Rosen

Virginia Mock

Suzanne Halliday

Lindy Golding

Margaret & John Dumesny

Meyer & Carole Sibbel

Balcony $20 - $499

Merle Hathaway

Ezmeralda Gulian

Dale Simpson

Snowe Li

Peter Newton

Natalie Tenaglia

Brooke Dunnell

Jamie Moffatt

Carissa Dyall

Marie Therese Jensen

Lesley Hale

Irene Crozier

Spencer Field

Michelle Thompson

Ian Evenden

Andrew Donovan

Debbie Sue Brady

Monica Teelow

Elizabeth Hill

Branko Saban

Andrew Gissing

Stuart & Sue Hamilton

William Adam

Paul Selar

Anna Gifford

Meyer and Carole Sibbel

Monica Lim

Sophie Williams

David Kram

Anne Neri

Adrian McEniery

Maureen McKeon

Bruce Sims

Inge Lederer

Eva Hussein

Clare Purbrick

Lester Johnson

James Robinson

Helen Donnard

Vivienne Twigg

Adelaide Greenaway


Choose your role:

From Individuals, Trusts, Foundations and PAFS, our Donors past and present are responsible for our longevity, capacity and quality. We are DGR and TCC endorsed. Donations have far-reaching effects in the community: building opera audiences, careers, national reputation and fuelling a love of the arts.

Sponsorship is win-win. We get security in terms of production bottom-line, and kudos from association with your brand; you get to be an integral part of creative impact and outcomes as well as direct access to artists and attendees, tickets, hospitality, enhanced brand awareness and associated rewards. Creative exchange with impact beyond the transaction.

Partners contribute cash and/or in-kind services or goods - and work with us to spread the word and deliver a quality audience experience. From Presenting Partner to In-Kind associations, partnership is a flexible B2B proposition that forms a fabric of connectedness in presentation of truly wonderful opera experiences.


Volunteer: Ushers, Front of House, Back Stage, Set & Costume Manufacture, Advocacy, Billet-hosts, Artist Catering & Transport, Promotion - there are many ways individuals and groups can be part of the team.  We are a small but efficient organisation, and value your enthusiasm, time and effort.

it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world

- Desmond Tutu