I’ve been trying to articulate what is missing for me personally, in the tsunami of online performing arts content - excellent, slick performances, trained singers in Brady bunch configurations singing sentimental songs, cute snippets of opera singers and celebrities i...

The imposed shut-down of our social lives - particularly, arts and culture, is for me a mixed blessing; in the sense that time at home gives rise to dreaming and creativity, and time at home also indicates a real and worrying loss of income. I find I have 9.6 weeks of...

Recently, one of our talented and clever young artists assigned 'A Gertrude' as the new collective noun for talented performers. Which got me thinking again about the name of our company, and what it has come to represent.  Chosen to honour Gertrude Johnson OBE - the f...

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...

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