June 19, 2019

GO - YVOF Artistic Director Linda Thompson in San Francisco at the Opera America conference:

A conference can do wonders for inspiration and motivation - and, political action: I have found the discussions and insights invigorating, met wonderful, imaginative and driven...

We -  creators and performers and enablers of opera - are in the business of generosity.  We share our hearts and souls and innermost feelings with strangers. We communicate on a level that transcends daily lives and so-called class and cultural backgrounds. We are the...

“There are two sighs of relief every night in the life of an opera…the first comes when the curtain goes up. The second sigh of relief comes when the final curtain goes down without any disaster, and one realises, gratefully, that the miracle has happened again.” 

So s...

Raising money to run an independent opera company that has at its core reaching a diverse 

audience with quality productions, and the serious, professional training of young artists - with all the complexity that entails - is an ongoing, never-ending battle. And frankly...

One of my resolutions for the next ten years (!) is to be more vocal (no pun intended) about the process. We can get so caught up in the deadline that is the public performance, that the actual work itself, the preparation and rehearsal, can go unnoticed.  Performing o...

The Magic Flute - Opera in the Yarra Valley

September 5, 2016

The richness of expression opera can achieve feels a perfect match in a setting where a tiny fruit is transformed into great complexity. Spread across three landmark wineries, Fowles, Mitchelton and Tahbilk in central Victoria and packaged strongly by Festival Artistic...

A festival has an epic quality.  There is a surrendering to a timetable - a certain inevitability and acceptance of where to go and when -  an immersion that doesn't exist with a night at the opera. Even the most anti-social amongst us can embrace the camaraderie and w...

January 2, 2016

Congratulations to 'our' LUKE LEONARD on being named 'Outstanding Director'  in the OperaChaser's inaugurual Opera Awards!  No surprise to all of us here, of course, working on Gertrude Opera's festival production of David Lang's the difficulty of c...

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In a celebration of opera’s 400-year history, the inaugural Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival released the magic of the art form in picturesque settings.

 

 

Artistic director Linda Thompson’s ambitious project brought opera to three vineyards in the Goulburn Ri...

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