New Appointments

Queensland Theatre appoints Lee Lewis as the company’s new Artistic Director, WASO appoints new Assistant Conductor, Thaddeus Huang while Soprano Sara Macliver joins their board and Lyndon Terracini AM, Artist Director to OA, has renewed his contract with OA to 2023

New Appointments


Queensland Theatre welcomes new Artistic Director: Lee Lewis After more than six years of artistic vision Griffin Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Lee Lewis will depart to take the helm at Queensland Theatre, leaving behind a lasting and powerful legacy.

Queensland Theatre’s Chair Elizabeth Jameson has said “Next year we will celebrate 50 years of being Queensland Theatre: we’ve consolidated the company as the national home of new stories, we will stage the theatrical event of the year in the world premiere of Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe, adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry and we will welcome Lee Lewis as Artistic Director, taking over from Sam Strong who leaves this company in extraordinary shape,” she said.  

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has appointed Chinese superstar violinist Lu Siqingas Artistic Ambassador for the MSO.

Chairman Michael Ullmer AO welcomed Lu Siqing as the newest member of the MSO’s Artistic Family. “Through this award we celebrate Lu’s extraordinary contribution to music,” Mr Ullmer said.“We are thrilled he has accepted this appointment.”

MSO Managing Director Sophie Galaise said the prestigious position acknowledges the deep connection between Lu Siqing and the MSO.

“Having witnessed his astonishing talent first-hand on the MSO’s tour of China in 2018, it was clear Lu Siqing has a special affinity with our Orchestra,” Ms Galaise said.

“We hope with this position, Lu Siqing and the MSO will continue working towards bringing our communities together, through the shared language of music.”

Lu Siqing joins composer Tan Dun as fellow Artistic Ambassador for the MSO.

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of new Assistant Conductor,Thaddeus Huang.

Thaddeus will begin his new position in early 2020 and joins Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser Asher Fisch with WASO for an exciting 2020 season.

In 2018 Thaddeus was the orchestral assistant to Nicholas Carter in the State Opera of South Australia’s premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet, and assisted Mark Wigglesworth at the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

The Assistant Conductor position is part of WASO’s Young & Emerging Artist Program which identifies, supports and promotes talented young Australian musicians. This position provides a rare opportunity for an aspiring young conductor to gain coveted experience with WASO and Principal Conductor, Asher Fisch.

It’s a huge honour, and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to begin this next step in my career than with the beautiful musicians of WASO. I’m absolutely thrilled for the opportunity to work with Asher and can’t wait to join the rich music culture of Perth (and see our country’s best beaches for the first time!)– Thaddeus Huang.

Soprano Sara Macliverjoins WASO Board West Australian Symphony Orchestra's Board of Directors.

Perth born and raised, Sara Macliver is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile artists, and is regarded as one of the leading exponents of Baroque repertoire.

WASO Chairman Richard Goyder said “I am delighted to have someone of Sara’s outstanding artistic calibre and high national profile join the WASO Board. Sara is a familiar face both on and off the stage and will bring considerable experience and artistic insight to the board’s deliberations. I very much look forward to working with her in this new role.”

Opera Australia announced that Artistic DirectorLyndon Terracini AM will continue in the role through to 2023 amid celebrations marking his ten years with the Company.

Mr Terracini AM has been with Opera Australia since his appointment as Artistic Director in 2009 and has been integral in its continuing success, attracting international recognition and widespread acclaim for its bold programming and standards of excellence.

Opera Australia’s Chairman David Mortimer AO congratulated Mr Terracini on his achievements over the past ten years.

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

“Opera Australia is the only major opera company in the world that achieves more than 50% of its revenue from ticket sales and Lyndon’s innovative approach to balancing artistic ambition with audience appeal and an unflinching commitment to quality has contributed enormously to that outcome,” said Mr Mortimer.