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New Executive Director for State Opera SA looks to start a new chapter for the company

With a rich background in the industry, Mark Taylor will start his new position later this year taking over from Yarmila Alfonzetti.

Image: Mark Taylor supplied by State Opera of South Australia

The State Opera South Australia made an announcement earlier this week regarding the appointment of its new Executive Director, Mark Taylor.

Starting next month, Mr Taylor will join the Company for an initial three-year term, leaving his role as the Director of Learning, Regional and Community at Opera Queensland – a company he served for 12 years.

Chair of the State Opera South Australia Board, John Irving, said that it was a pleasure to welcome Mark to the Company following an international search led by AEGEUS.

“Mark brings a wealth of experience and passion to the role. His appointment is an exciting one for us and for the arts industry here in South Australia,” Irving said.

Stuart Maunder AM, Artistic Director agreed. “I’m delighted to be able to initiate a new chapter for State Opera with Mark and look forward to working with him to forge a strong future for opera in this state,” Maunder said.

Mr Taylor said that he was delighted to join the rich arts community in South Australia and to build on the strong foundation at State Opera. “From the glorious Her Majesty’s Theatre to the wild natural beauty, I’m thrilled to explore how opera can continue to contribute to the cultural fabric of South Australia,” he said.

Mr Taylor brings a wealth of knowledge to the Company through his instrumental roles in the development of the inaugural Festival of Outback Opera in 2021, the development of five touring school shows, and the implementation of the community chorus model across regional tours, including Are You Lonesome Tonight – the largest in the company’s history with 32 performance locations across Queensland attended by more than 11,000 people.

“It has been an honour to take opera across such a decentralised state, in a way that not only allows audiences to experience this 450-year-old art form, but actively participate and find their voice,” Taylor says.

Mark Taylor takes over from Yarmila Alfonzetti, following her recent departure for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and will start his new role on 26 September 2022, and will lead the recruitment for a new Artistic Director, in line with the recent news of the current Artistic Director Stuart Maunder’s departure in late 2023.

The news comes as the Company’s newest show, La Traviata, is showing at Her Majesty’s Theatre for a limited season. Tickets are still available and can be found here.

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