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Opera director Elijah Moshinsky honoured with Opera Australia Trophy

Elijah Moshinsky has been announced as a recipient of Opera Australia's highest honour in recognition of his unrivalled contribution to the country’s operatic industry.

Elijah has enjoyed a long and distinguished history with Opera Australia, directing more than fifteen original productions, several of which, including Rigoletto and La Traviata, are still in the company’s repertoire today. The current season sees a revival of his production of Werther, opening on 22 February and starring Michael Fabiano and Elena Maximova.

"When I left Australia to continue my studies at Oxford, I was already theatre and opera mad. I had always wanted to return and reform performance in Australia. After an invitation from Sir Edward Downes to direct the Australian premiere of Wozzeck, I was taken up by Moffatt Oxenbould who threw at me the entire history of Opera to present in Australia. It was a glorious period. Slowly, by example, I had the opportunity to show something new and challenging to opera in Australia. My artistic aim was to keep loyal to Australia and my devotion and commitment to that aim has lasted from 1976 until today." Elijah Moshinsky

“Elijah Moshinsky is one of opera’s great directors and it has been a privilege for Opera Australia to collaborate with him on so many productions over the years. Elijah has a rare talent for creating timeless productions that resonate with audiences and it is a joy to be witness to his work." Lyndon Terrancini