Donors, Partners, Supporters & Friends

The achievements of ACOCo belong to every person and business connected with our output.

As an independent not-for-profit arts company, we rely on the financial and in-kind support of a unique-to-us network of generosity and goodwill. From seasoned philanthropists to the newly-converted, together we work to share opera as a vibrant, living, public good. Our donors and partners enable access across the board: from the young singers and musicians benefitting from professional stage experience, skill development and expansion of CVs, to audiences - especially, in keeping our ticket prices affordable and providing a platform for our particular brand of contemporary opera.


We are thankful for every artist, musician, donor, partner, supporter, volunteer and friend who has contributed, and as such, continue to build this company.

Principal Donors & Benefactors

Maureen Wheeler AO

The Urquhart Charitable Fund

The Dowd Foundation

Henkell Family Fund (Australian Communities Foundation)

Margaret Lawrence Bequest (Perpetual Trustees)

Gertrude Johnson Estate

Besen Family Foundation

Bill Gillies

Nadia Taylor

Lorna Nash

Van Straten-Turley Foundation (Perpetual Trustees)

Eric Ormond Baker Trust (Equity Trustees)

Donor Circle


Podium (AUD20000+)

Maureen Wheeler AO
The Dowd Foundation
Hans & Petra Henkell
Bill Gillies

Front Row (AUD10000+)

Leanne & Emeri De Bortoli

Nadia Taylor

Lorna Nash

Stalls, Row G (AUD5000+)

Michael Anderson & Dr Khoi Bui​
Margaret & John Dumesny
Leana Papaelia
Jane & Malcolm Steel

Stalls (AUD1000+)

Marjorie & Eduard Eshuys

John & Mary Grant
Ruth & Tom O'Dea
Millar Merrigan
Robert Taylor and Peter Hannah

Stalls (AUD500+)

Nance Grant AM MBE & Ian Harris
​Barbara & Robert Paterson
​Irina Kuzminsky & Mark Delaney​
Craig Lidgerwood & Stephen Ryan
Paul & Gay Rosen​

Balcony (UP TO $499)

Sue Bailey
Mary Balharrie​
Phoebe Briggs
Nan Brown
Wendy Crouch
Gwenneth Craik​
Kelly Crenagh
Helen Donnard​
Jan Foye​
Pamela Furnell
Adelaide Greenaway
Anna Gifford
Poly Godwin
Suzanne Halliday
Sue & Stuart Hamilton
Sheryn Harvey
Eva Hussein​
Keeli Jones​
Lester Johnson

Katherine Kirby
Faye La Galle
​Inge Lederer​
Jennifer Lush
Maureen McKeon
Susan Miller-Randle
Anne Neri​
Leah Phillips
​​​Claire Purbrick
James Robinson​
Paul Selar
Meyer & Carole Sibbel​
Jane Steel
Brian Stacey
Vivienne Twigg​
Michelle Thompson
Sarah Thompson
Vali Valibuoy​
Katrina Watson

Australian Contemporary Opera Co. (formerly Gertrude Opera) is on ATO register of cultural organisations

 Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and Tax-Concession Charity (TCC).

Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.

ACOCo acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the unceded lands where we live, learn and work.

ABN 69669689926
Registered Charity (DGR, TCC)
NFP, established 2008
© All rights reserved 2021
HQ: Level 2, 417 Collins Street Melbourne
POST: P.O. Box 529, East Melbourne VIC 8002

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