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ACOCO is a powerhouse of expertise, experience, and boundless dedication, combining their talents to craft specialist programs and awe-inspiring performances.

In our fifteenth year of operation, we're overflowing with gratitude for the incredible journey we've shared with artists, supporters and audiences.


ACOCO brings a kaleidoscope of thoughts, skills, and expertise to the stage, with a single purpose — to sing stories of today and tomorrow.

ACOCO INC. est. 2008 is a registered charity (DGR, TCC). Our charitable purpose is advancing arts, culture and education. ACOCO complies with annual reporting requirements of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 and Australian Charities and NonProfit Commission. ACOCO is registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient and Tax Concession Charity with ACNC / ATO Register of Cultural Organisations, for the charitable purpose of Advancing arts and culture and Advancing Education.  Donations to Australian Contemporary Opera Fund are tax-deductible.



Linda Thompson

BMus (Hons Perf) MEL GCert Monash

Founder / Artistic Director / CEO

Amy Poynton

Corporate Relations

Chair 2021 -

Joined 2020

Bill Gillies

Legal / Arts

Dep Chair 2021 - 

Chair 2010-2021

Josie Rizza

Treasurer 2022 -

Joined 2022

Brian Castles-Onion AM

Artistic Advisor

Joined 2016

Joy Villalino

Fundraising / Philanthropy

Joined 2023

Tash Menon-Verheul

Entrepreneurship / Branding

Joined 2023

Daniel Todd

Practising Artist

Joined 2023

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Linda Thompson

Artistic Director / Stage Director / Producer

Brian Castles-Onion AM


Carlo Antonioli

Conductor - Emerging

Phillipa Safey

Pianist - Music Director

Joyce Chahine

Pianist - repetiteur - Emerging

Ellie Nunan

Stage Director - Assistant

Joseph Noonan

Set Designer

Madeline Nibali

Costume Designer

Luke Leonard

Stage Director - Artistic Collaborator (USA)

William Barton

Composer - Collaborator (THE INCIDENT)

Coady Green

Pianist - Collaborator (THE INCIDENT)



Simon Lewis & Hannah Durack

GoodWolf Partners

Liz Nield OAM

Former Director, External Relations National Portrait Gallery

Philanthropy Director, Opera Australia 1999-2018 

Stephanie Exton

CEO, Mornington Peninsula Foundation

Paul Gardner OAM

Sponsorship - Sales & Media

Dr Peter Ellyard

Futurist, Strategy, Global Civic Engagement

Natalie O'Brien AM

CEO, Melbourne Exhibition & Conference Centre

Founding CEO Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Sandra Willis

CEO, Melbourne Recital Centre

Former GM, Opera Queensland and OzOpera

Elizabeth Gillies

CEO, Menzies Foundation

Board, Philanthropy Australia

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