Our People

The Opera Foundation for young Australians was created by Lady Fairfax AC OBE in 1963 with the vision of providing international opportunities for young Australian opera singers to gain experience and return to the Australian stage to enhance the art form.

Our Board of Directors and Music Advisory Council with their individual expertise, passion and dedication are integral in continuing the work that we do. They are:

Board of Directors


The Hon Bronwyn Bishop – Chairman
Cheryl Barker AO
Alison Cole – Executive Director
Amelia Farrugia
George Harris
Barry Ryan OAM

Our Music Advisory Council


Malcolm Batty – Chair
Margaret Baker-Genovesi
Peter Coleman-Wright AO
Bradley Daley
Anke Höppner

Founder Lady Fairfax (right) and her daughter Anna Cleary (previous chair)

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