Our Artists


All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart,
which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.

- Maya Angelou

ACOCo 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 - seasoned professionals alongside elite young artists, working together to share with the public.

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Founder & CEO/Artistic Director

Linda Thompson b. AUS - VIC l. VIC

Soprano, Producer, Stage Director, Entreprenuer. 

Lecturer, Vocal Coach, Writer, Graphic Designer Anything that gets opera in front of an audience.

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Stage Director (USA)

Luke Leonard b. USA - TEXAS l. NYC

Stage and Film Director, Actor, Visual Artist

Artistic Director Monk Parrots, NYC.

ACOCo collaborator since 2015

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Bass baritone

Hadleigh Adams b. NZ l. SAN FRANCISCO

Studio Artist 2009

Guest Artist 2016, 2020, 2021

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Baritone

Michael Lewis OAM

Guest Artist 2013, 2018

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Mezzo soprano b. USA l. AUS - VIC

Heather Fletcher

Guest Artist 2019, 2020, 2021

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Mezzo soprano b. AUS - QLD l. VIC

Naomi Flatman

Studio Artist 2018, 2019

Guest Artist 2019, 2020, 2021

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Mezzo soprano

Sarah Heltzel

Guest Artist 2018, 2020

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Tenor

Daniel Todd

Guest Artist 2019

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Soprano

Cristina Russo

Guest Artist 2019

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Tenor

Blake Bowden

Young Artist 2012 - 2013, Guest Artist 2014

Gertrude Johnson Fellow

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Tenor

Nigel Huckle

Studio Artist 2019

Guest Artist 2018, 2020

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Tenor

Adrian McEniery

Guest Artist 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

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Baritone

Raphael Wong

Studio Artist 2011-2013

Guest Artist 2016

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Designer

Amanda Henderson

Design Consultant since 2009

Founder Gloss Creative

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Soprano

Jessica Harper

Winner, Glyndebourne-GO Opera Cup Australasian Final 2019/2020

Guest Artist 2019, 2020

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Bass baritone

Eugene Raggio

Young Artist 2015 - 2016, Guest Artist 2017

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Tenor

Yang Luo

Guest Artist 2019, 2020

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Baritone

Joshua Erdelyi-Götz

Studio Artist 2016 - 2017, Guest Artist 2019, 2020

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Mezzo soprano

Karen Van Spall

Guest Artist 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

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Soprano

Alexandra Ioan

Young Artist 2015 - 2016

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Board Member & Conductor

Brian Castles-Onion AM b. AUS - NSW l. NSW

Soprano, Producer, Stage Director, Entreprenuer. 

Lecturer, Vocal Coach, Writer, Graphic Designer Anything that gets opera in front of an audience.

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Conductor

Patrick Burns b. AUS - NSW l. VIC

Studio Artist 2010

Guest Artist 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

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Soprano

Stacey Alleaume b. AUS - VIC l. NSW

Studio Artist 2009, 2010

Guest Artist 2015, 2020

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Soprano

Emily Burke b. AUS - TAS l. VIC

Guest Artist 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

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Tenor

Michael Lapiña

Guest Artist 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 2021

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Bass baritone

Andrew Moran

Guest Artist 2020

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Mezzo soprano

Dimity Shepherd

Guest Artist 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020

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Bass

Jerzy Kozlowski

Guest Artist 2019

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Soprano

Bethany Hill

Studio Artist 2017

Guest Artist 2017, 2020

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Mezzo soprano b. ISRAEL l. GERMANY

Na'ama Goldman

Studio Exchange Artist 2012

Guest Artist 2020

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Soprano

Michelle McCarthy

Young Artist 2018

Gertrude Johnson Fellow 2018

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Soprano

Amelia Jones

Guest Artist 2020, 2021

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Baritone

Darcy Carroll b. AUS - VIC l. VIC

Studio Artist 2016 - 2017

Guest Artist 2018, 2020

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Tenor

Enrique Guzman

Studio Artist 2016

Guest Artist 2020

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Director

Greta Nash

Guest Artist 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020

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Tenor

Harry Grigg

Guest Young Artist 2019, 2020

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Soprano

Alexandra Lidgerwood

Studio Artist 2014 - 2017, Guest Artist 2020

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Tenor

Joshua Oxley

Guest Young Artist 2018, Young Artist 2019 

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Tenor

Blake Bowden

Young Artist 2012 - 2013, Guest Artist 2014

Gertrude Johnson Fellow

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