Opera Australia's new Artistic Director is Lyndon Terracini, artistic director and CEO of Major Brisbane Festivals. He'll be working with CEO Adrian Collette and a yet to be appointed music director. Terracini takes up the role in October. His list of stated aims includes the commissioning of new Australian works, better engagement with digital technology, and most excitingly, albeit rather optimistic, a Ring Cycle.
And a bit of background on the man himself: Brisbane Festival | Opera Australia | Assessment of 2008 Brisbane Festival | 2006 ABC radio interview [includes bonus of Tim Minchin!] | "Free-range baritone" — an eleven year old profile from The Weekend Australian [includes photo of a donkey] | YouTube clip from ChamberMade Opera's The Burrow, in which Terracini appeared [text by blogging superstar Alison Croggon after Kafka]
The name is familiar to me, but I really know nothing of Lyndon Terracini beyond what's in the above-linked bios. Press clippings and media statements don't provide a complete picture, of course, but what I've read certainly gives the impression of an adventurous and innovative leader with a strong (and impressively wide-ranging) knowledge of the repertoire: qualities which bode well for his tenure. If nothing else, Opera Australia has made an interesting decision in appointing Terracini, and who knows, it might turn out to be a very positive one indeed.
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