Opera Australia seeks chorus director

Opera Australia seeks chorus director


norman lebrecht

December 11, 2019

Anthony Hunt has quit, citing homesickness for Adelaide.

Sydney and Melbourne need a chorus master.

They should call one of the three who left Glyndebourne in as many years.




  • Leporello says:

    A considerable loss. Anthony is a first class musician and chorus master – and a terrific bloke.

  • Anthony Hunt says:

    Hi Norman,

    Your blogpost makes things sound a little more dramatic than in reality.

    I am moving to Adelaide (which is indeed “home” although I haven’t lived there for 13 years) with my young family to take up positions as Head of Music/Chorus Master at State Opera of South Australia, and as Director of Music at St Peter’s Cathedral.

    Paul Fitzsimon, a wonderful conductor and repetiteur on music staff at Opera Australia, has already commenced as Chorus Master to succeed me.

    It’s been a privilege and pleasure to work for Opera Australia and their fantastic chorus, but it’s time for a new chapter closer to family; and a greater musical variety in my life, including conducting a Sweeney Todd for SOSA later in 2020, and of course a return to playing the organ at St Peter’s, which I have missed doing regularly whilst in Sydney.

    • Antony Walker says:

      All the very best to you for in this new stage of your life and career, Anthony. It sounds like you have found a pretty perfect balance with this move!

  • Blitz says:

    Opera Australia? It’s more like Musical Australia now.