Opera Australia has extended the contract of current artistic director Lyndon Terracini for a further three years.

Terracini marks a decade with the company this year after first being appointed to the role in 2009. He was previously an operatic baritone with the company, making his debut in 1976 in Albert Herring.

Lyndon Terracini's contract at Opera Australia has been extended by three years.

Lyndon Terracini’s contract at Opera Australia has been extended by three years.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

The extension to 2023 means he will be at the helm of Opera Australia for at least 13 years, within sight of reaching the record of longest-serving artistic director Moffat Oxenbould, who led the company for 15 years.

Terracini’s time with the company has been one of major modernisation of the organisation, which has seen music theatre form a large part of the seasonal repertoire. He has also led the company through the creation of the highly successful Opera on Sydney Harbour, the full Wagner Ring Cycle in Melbourne twice and the introduction of high-definition LED panels to replace traditional sets in some operas.

Opera Australia’s chair David Mortimer said Terracini has had a significant impact on the company’s reputation during his tenure.

“Lyndon’s artistic instincts and passion for the artform have raised Opera Australia’s profile and
reputation on the international stage,” he said. “This provides an excellent foundation for the Company’s future as a 21st century performing arts company in an increasingly challenging economic environment.”

Terracini’s contract will be reviewed again in 2023.

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