About Us

Melbourne Opera prides itself on its commitment to producing high quality, accessible performances for the benefit of audiences and performers.

On Stage Talent

Meet the on stage talent of Melbourne Opera.


Melbourne Opera will be auditioning male and female chorus members later in the year. For more information contact the Chorus Master.


Company Manager: Robbie McPhee
Chief Financial Officer: Ken Neate
Company Secretary: Ken Neate
Head of Music: Raymond Lawrence


John Dingle – Conductor
Richard Divall – Conductor
Patrick Burns – Conductor
Greg Hocking – Resident Conductor
Ben Hudson – Conductor
David Kram – Conductor
Armando Krieger – Principal Guest conductor
Raymond Lawrence – Conductor
Esmond Pitt – Assistant Conductor / Orchestra Management
Rick Prakhoff – Conductor
Aldo Salvagno – Conductor
Warwick Stengards – Conductor
Matthew Toogood – Conductor


Greg Carroll
Suzanne Chaundy
Blair Edgar
Hugh Halliday
Plamen Kartaloff
Robert Ray
Caroline Stacey
Silvia Scolladero

Assistant Directors

Greg Eldridge
Miki Oikawa


Kaoru Alfonso
Andrew Bellchambers
Gareth Blaha
Sonia Cammarata
Greg Carroll
Anna Cordingley
Peter Corrigan
Daniel Harvey
Richard Jeziorny
Christina Logan-Bell
Zohie Castellano

Lighting Designers/Directors

Scott Allan – Lighting Director
Lucy Birkinshaw – Lighting Designer
Nick Merrylees – Lighting Designer
Zoe Scoglio – Video Designer


Michele Forbes
Bettina Kurten – Choreographer / Movement Coach / Director
Miki Oikawa


The current Melbourne Opera Orchestra has been developed into Melbourne Opera’s third orchestra since its formation in 2002. The Orchestra leads an active concert life as well as playing in the opera pit.

The Melbourne Opera Orchestra has appeared at the Melbourne Concert Hall (Hamer Hall), Crown Casino, Her Majesty’s Theatre, and the Athenaeum Theatre, and at numerous regional Performing Arts Centres and wineries, and in December 2015-January 2016 undertook a very successful tour into China, and has been invited to make two further visits there this year.

The Orchestra is available for corporate and private bookings. For enquiries please contact Orchestra Management on +61 3 9614 4188.


Current Establishment

Violin I

Ben Spiers (Concertmaster)
Bernadette Baker
Zamarah Morley
Jack Cross
Tom Pepperell
Christine Daley
Chantal Roddy
Felicité Heine
Jake Deans
Edwina Jensen
Daniel Tagiev

Violin II

Nino Ksovreli
Owen Halliday
Katherine Hewitt
Connor Hicks
Rennata Morrison
Rebecca Scully
Kate Marshall
Amorgh Anath
Jessica Lambourn
Jack Cross



Deborah Wirsu
Catherine Marshall
Setsuko Minamikawa
Jin Tong Long
Gabrielle Ruttico
Alison Feiner
Catherine Turnbull


Christopher Raduly
Keryn Lientschnig
Janet Butler
Nicholas Jensen
Gemma Ruttico


Zou Ling
Ken Harris
Ben Staker
Louis Stevens


Sam Ramirez


Elizabeth Barcan
Vicki Stanko


Kelly Williams


Kelli White
Lisa Clarke


Greg Pharo
Andrew Jacobs
Briana Leaman
Cor Anglais
Andrew Jacobs


Sally Wickes
Sara Rafferton
Glenn Taylor


Stuart McGregor
Ella Jakins
Sharon Hatton
Phoebe Smithies
Tim Hannah


Stuart McCorkelle
Amber Lomanowicz
Phoebe Smithies
Sarah Henderson
Lewy Coard


Trea Hindley
Dion Hatherell
Kiran Samuels


Arwen Johnston


Lara Wilson
Fintan Hocking


Greg Hocking

Board of Directors


Mr David Pitt (Chairman)
Dr Ian Dickson AM (Vice Chairman)
Mrs Anastasia Kogan
Ms Margaret Haggart
Mr Geoffrey Harris
Mr Gregory Hocking AM
Mr Roger Howell
Mr Barry Janes
Mr Kenneth Neate
Mr Michael Wright AM QC
Mrs Gillian McIntosh
Associate Professor Elizabeth Dax AM


Lady Potter AC CMRI

Chairman’s Advisory Council

Mr David Pitt
Mr Marc Besen AC
Mr John Bolton-Wood AM
Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC Kt
Mr John K Dowling
Mr Colin Golvan AM QC
Miss Nance Grant AM MBE
Ms Jane Hansen AO
Mr Kenneth Harrison AM KSJ
Dr Alastair Jackson AM
Dr Barry Jones AO
Ms Michele Levine
Dr Paul Nisselle AM
Mrs Jeanne Pratt AC
Mr Christopher Ryan
Mr Stephen Smith

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