20 episodes

Take a deep dive into the lives and work of some of opera's most fascinating figures with Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini.

In Conversation with Lyndon Terracini Opera Australia

    • Arts
    • 4.2 • 13 Ratings

Take a deep dive into the lives and work of some of opera's most fascinating figures with Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini.

    Don Harwin

    Don Harwin

    The Honourable Don Harwin MLC has served as New South Wales’ Minister for the Arts since the start of 2017, and has overseen some significant chapters in the state’s artistic life. Harwin was born into a musical household and that great love of music has propelled him through his career.

    In this interview with our Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini, Harwin talks about his ambitious plan to create a new hub in Sydney of rehearsal spaces, recording spaces and recital spaces for orchestras, particularly young and emerging orchestras. He also talks about his vision for the future of the arts in New South Wales and Australia, and the social goods performed by the arts.

    • 23 min
    Simon Mordant

    Simon Mordant

    Simon Mordant AO is one of Australia’s leading champions of the arts and philanthropists. An investment banker by trade, Mordant has served on the boards of many of the country’s major arts companies and has been key to the success of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. He has had a 30-year association with the museum, and provided essential support for the expansion and redevelopment which as seen it become the most-visited contemporary art museum in the world.

     

    In this interview with our Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini, Mordant explains where his passion for the arts comes from and the role of a board at a major arts company. He also reflects on the way through the COVID crisis for Australian arts companies.

    • 16 min
    Paul Fletcher

    Paul Fletcher

    The Honourable Paul Fletcher MP has served as Australia’s Minister for Arts since 2019, and has seen the sector through the immense challenges of 2020. His passion for the arts stretches back to his university days, when he co-wrote several plays, including The Fax of Life with co-creator of ABC’s Rake, Peter Duncan and former Opera Australia CEO Craig Hassall.

     

    In this conversation with our Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini, Minister Fletcher reflects on Australia’s artistic spirit, the rationales for funding the arts, how technology can make the arts more accessible to more Australians, and how the arts intersects with other areas of his portfolio: communications, urban infrastructures and cities.

    • 20 min
    Bronwyn Bishop

    Bronwyn Bishop

    The Honourable Bronwyn Bishop AO is known to Australians as a veteran of politics, but in this interview with our Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini, she reveals her artistic side. When Bishop was growing up, her mother was a dramatic operatic soprano, who taught her how to sing. Bishop recalls that she made her professional singing debut at the age of eight and has even performed a few duets with former Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

    She also shares stories from her time in Australian politics, as the longest-serving female member of the House of Representatives, and explains the role music has played in her career.

    • 20 min
    John Rayment

    John Rayment

    Lighting guru John Rayment has created designs for events of all scales and styles over the course of his career, ranging from intimate dance works all the way to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. His work for Opera Australia includes several iterations of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, our enduring production of La Bohème, and our 2013 Ring Cycle. He’s returning in 2021 to create a bold new lighting design for Bluebeard’s Castle and our new Ring Cycle in Brisbane.

     

    In this conversation with our Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini, John talks about the enormous technical challenges of the Sydney 2000 Olympics ceremonies, as well as creating Hong Kong: A Symphony of Lights, the world’s largest permanent light show. He also talks about his plans for Bluebeard’s Castle and the Ring Cycle.

    • 27 min
    Andrea Molino

    Andrea Molino

    Italian-born composer and conductor Andrea Molino has had a fabulously diverse career, working in major opera houses across the world. He's conducted productions for us including Wozzeck, The Nose, King Roger, Carmen and La Bohème, and is soon to return with Bluebeard's Castle.

     

    His work as a composer includes a number of large-scale music and theatre projects performed across the world, such as Those Who Speak in a Faint Voice, Credo and Winners. Molino was also the Artistic Director of Fabrica Musica, the music department of the Italian communication research centre, Fabrica.

     

    In this interview with our Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini, Molino talks about how his work as a conductor and composer intersects, reflects on his large-scale projects, and explains why he's excited to join our production of Bluebeard's Castle.

    • 15 min

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