Brian Chatterton OAM
Brian Chatterton founded Co-Opera and was its Musical Director from its inception in 1990 until 2017. He was formerly Head of Performing Arts at the South Australian College of Advanced Education, Director of the Elder Conservatorium and Dean of Performing Arts at the University of Adelaide. From 1973 to 1978 he worked with State Opera of SA as repetiteur, chorus master and musical director for many productions.
He regularly adjudicates at music eisteddfods and has served as a member of the review panels of The Advertiser, The Adelaide Review, Australian Newspapers, the international magazine Opera and the monthly publication Opera-Opera. Brian has studied or taught in Essex, Basel, Prague, Milan, Edmonton and London. In 2000 he was awarded an OAM for his services to music and music education and in 2003 he was the recipient of a Centenary Medal.
Brian has toured Co-Opera performances around Australia every year from 1991 to 2017 with such acclaimed performances as Mozart’s The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, and Cosi fan tutte; Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, and La Boheme; Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus; Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado; and most recently Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. He has taken Co-Opera tours to SE Asia, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
In addition to a lauded career as a Musical Director and Educator, Brian has over 25 years at the helm of national and international touring opera productions, including the establishment and development of strategic partnerships and tour management.