Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Victorian Opera Announces New Chief Executive

Victorian Opera Announces New Chief Executive
May 13, 2019

Victorian Opera has appointed Elizabeth Hill-Cooper as its new Chief Executive following a comprehensive national and international search which attracted stellar candidates from Australia and overseas.

Announcing the appointment, Victorian Opera Chair, Genevieve Overell stated "we are delighted to announce the appointment of Elizabeth to the role of CEO.

“We received applications from, and interviewed, many impressive candidates which is great testament to the increasing profile of Victorian Opera as a Major Performing Arts company. That people of such calibre were keen to move here from interstate and overseas is proof of the vibrancy of the Victorian arts community and the esteem in which the company is held”.

Hill-Cooper joined Victorian Opera as Artistic Administrator in 2012 and was subsequently promoted to Executive Producer and then appointed Artistic Associate to Artistic Director Richard Mills in 2016. Her role as Executive Producer involved extensive budgetary oversight, the financial control of production expenditure, the contracting of creatives and singers, oversight of costume and set manufacture, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with venues.

Hill-Cooper has been active as a director of mainstage work (Debussy’s Pelleas and Melisande, 2018), spearheaded the company’s educational Livestream Program and community offerings for the last few years, as well as being active as both an assistant director and choreographer on various productions.

As a former dancer at WA Ballet, Ballet Mistress at The Australian Ballet and Company Manager at Opera Australia, Hill-Cooper brings a wealth of performing arts knowledge to her new role at Victorian Opera.

Artistic Director Richard Mills explained “Elizabeth is an extremely experienced arts producer and manager. She has a profound understanding of art and artists, the unique character of the company, the needs of its audiences and its responsibilities to the communities of Melbourne and Victoria.

“To have a CEO who understands the creativity, flexibility and financial sustainability required in arts organisations like ours is a blessing”.

Hill-Cooper has been acting Chief Executive at the Victorian Opera for the past six months. During this time, she has demonstrated a capacity for genuine leadership and the ability to work productively with the Artistic Director, all company staff, and major stakeholders such as Creative Victoria and the Australia Council.

Overell added "being able to appoint an internal candidate after a rigorous executive search process is extremely satisfying.

“Developing new work, artists and administrators and managers is a core part of our vision”.

Welcoming her appointment, Hill-Cooper stated "after several years as Victorian Opera’s Executive Producer and Artistic Associate, I am incredibly proud to become the company’s CEO. I am constantly inspired by Victorian Opera’s board and staff, and the high standard of the company’s richly diverse artistic output. It is with great enthusiasm that I lead Victorian Opera alongside Artistic Director Richard Mills into its next chapter as a Major Performing Arts company”.

Related Articles

11th May 2019 - LPA welcomes Labor vision for creative Australia

23rd April 2019 - Opera Australia’s West Side Story breaks all box office records

16th October 2018 - Consultation suggests closer scrutiny of Major Performing Arts Framework funding

30th September 2018 - Arts sponsorship and donations revenue rises in volatile and uneven climate

5th February 2018 - Creative Victoria secures three term tender to stage APAM

8th July 2016 - Musical theatre has a major impact on Victoria’s economy

30th April 2014 - King Kong and Victorian Opera’s Nixon in China dominate Melbourne’s Green Room Awards

18th December 2013 - New Hamer Hall welcomes almost 400,000 patrons in first year of operations

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

METRA Australia

METRA Australia is your innovation partner for smart electronic locking, Access Control solutions and cashless payment systems to suit all types of leisure facilities.  Our team’s…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Security


TouchCloud Global

Activating skyscapes for tourism, art, leisure and living TouchCloud Global (TCg) is a highly specialised international consultancy, broker and principal, devoted solely to activating and energising…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Recreation / Safety / Tourism



About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology


The Jump Pad

The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Play


Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues



Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Surfaces / Venues



Ecoline is a highly experienced and skilled company that offers world-first technology in safety, protects the environment and provides a unique and challenging custom-made adventure and educational…

read more

Attractions / Environment / Safety / Tourism


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business