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“I think there are similarities between going to church and going to the opera...[opera changes] your consciousness, your mental state and your disposition and you come out of that experience with a more creative mindset. You are different afterwards. Opera gives me that ability to be transformed.”



ACOCO Donor since 2010

Director, German Australian Opera Grant


Financial support from Donors, Sponsors and Partners has resulted in 14 years of innovative, engaging and inspiring stories, shared with over 200,000 people live, and 13M online/globally.

Donors and Partners can be proud of the enduring impact of their investment in ACOCO, particularly in the advancement of careers, and in the future of contemporary operatic story-telling in Australia.

Donors and Partners are at the core of what we do - through our connection we all create scope to imagine, collaborate, commission and present exceptional opera, which in turn stimulates, connects and delights audiences.

From your financial contribution and committed advocacy flows far-reaching benefits and impact - in the repertoire and artists ACOCO strengthens, the people who are enabled to access our work, and development of an organic art form that predates - and will outlive - us all.


Philanthropy is the fuel for ACOCO's growth and sustainability. As an ACNC endorsed charity, with Deductible Gift Recipient and Tax Concession Charity status, you can claim a tax-deduction for your contribution.

ACOCO gratefully acknowledges the generosity and support of its Patrons and onors.


Listed below are Patrons who have given to ACOCO since 2019.

Donor List


podium - leaders

Maureen Wheeler AO

Urquhart Charitable Fund

Henkell Family

- Australian Communities Foundation

Gertrude Johnson Estate

The Dowd Foundation 

Bill Gillies

Margaret Lawrence Bequest (2020)

L. C. Nash

Amy Poynton, in memory of Patricia Batista

Eric Ormond Baker Fund

Besen Family Foundation

Marjorie & Eduard Eshuys

Jeffrey & Ann Brady

front row

Leanne and Emeri De Bortoli

Michael Anderson & Khoi Bui

Nadia Taylor

Ruth & Tom O'Dea

Amy Poynton

dress circle

Jane Kunstler

John & Mary Grant

Millar Merrigan

Jane & Malcolm Steel


Craig Lidgerwood & Stephen Ryan

Margaret & John Dumesny


Prof. Charles Qin OAM & Kate Ritchie

Paul Gardner AM

Nance Grant AM MBE & Ian Harris

Barbara & Robert Paterson

Irina Kuzminsky & Mark Delaney

Rupert Myer AO

Leanne Kessell

Paul & Gay Rosen

Suzanne Halliday

Lindy Golding

Meyer & Carole Sibbel

Leana Papaelia

Brian Castles-Onion AM

Daniel Todd


Adelaide Greenaway
Adrian McEniery
Andrew Donovan
Andrew Gissing
Ann Kemeny
Anna Gifford
Anne Neri
Barbara Manovel
Branko Saban
Brian Bailey
Brooke Dunnell
Bruce Sims
Carissa Dyall
Clare Purbrick
Dale Simpson
David Kram

David & Margaret Young
Debbie Sue Brady
Elizabeth Hill
Eva Hussein
Ezmerald Gulian
Helen Donnard
Ian Evenden
Inge Lederer
Irene Crozier
James Robinson
Jamie Moffatt
Jason Catlett (Commission Consortium)
Genevieve Overell AM

Lesley Hale
Lester Johnson
Liz Nield
Marie Therese Jensen
Maureen McKeon
Merle Hathaway
Michelle Thompson
Monica Lim
Monica Teelow
Natalie Tenaglia
Orlando De Pury
Paul Selar
Peter Newton
Peter Selar

Shiva Faghhinedjad
Snowe Li
Sophie Williams
Spencer Field
Stephanie & Peter Exton
Stuart & Sue Hamilton

Tony Nicholson
Vivienne Twigg
William Adam

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