Patrons: Roderick Williams OBE Baritone & Stuart Maunder AM International Stage Director
Stuart Maunder AM
Born in Sydney, Maunder studied law, but turned to the stage and started his career as a stage manager in 1978 at The Australian Opera before becoming a resident director in 1981. Whilst continuing to direct in Australia, he joined The Royal Opera, London, as a staff director in 1992. In 1999 he was appointed artistic administrator of Opera Australia and became executive producer from 2004 to 2008.
In 2012, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) "for service to the performing arts, particularly with Opera Australia, as an artistic director, and as a mentor to emerging artists." Please also see Wikipedia.
His career includes General Director of New Zealand Opera and Artistic Director of the State Opera of South Australia and in October 2023 he will be joining Victorian Opera Australia as Artistic Director.
"During the 1990’s I had the honour of directing a number of productions for Opera Brava. This lean, nimble organisation gave me and many artists and arts workers the chance to hone our craft.
The development of new talent is the lifeblood of opera, and one of the key roles of Opera Brava is to identify that emerging talent and give those young singers a head-start in the competitive world of professional music, to learn its concepts and rigour and to work alongside established artists.
The company was known for its innovative presentations of popular works in often surprising locations . The company prides itself on breaking down the commonly perceived barriers to entry – principally, concerns of elitism, ticket prices, the notion that opera is "too hard”. Recognising that opera is often at its most moving when it is at its most intimate, Opera Brava's programme allows the presentation of operas more often at a more affordable price.
In addition Opera Brava continues to roll out a creative education programme. These productions and workshops allowed young people to learn about all aspects of opera, thereby seeding the opera audience of the future.
Long may Opera Brava prosper."
Stuart Maunder Artistic Director STATE OPERA South Australia
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There are some new ones and also we are returning to all of our favourite places. The Four Operas we will be performing are: Tosca, La Bohème, The Barber of Seville and La Traviata
In order: The Dulwich Festival, London Hurst College, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex Regents Park, London Ford Castle, Near Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland The Bishop’s Palace, Wells Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, West Sussex Rodmarton Manor, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire Regents Park, London Hever Castle, Kent Albert Cottage, Isle of Wight