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Lyndon Terracini Lyndon Terracini i(A83616 works by)
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Lyndon Terracini comes from an Italian/Irish background. His childhood years were strongly influenced by his family's involvement in the Salvation Army and it was there that he first learnt to sing and to play brass instruments. He trained for a time at the University of Sydney, but left to take up a contract with the New Opera in South Australia. In the late 1970s and into the 1980s Terracini developed his career in Italy, working particularly with composer Hans Werner Henze. During this period he learnt more about his Italian heritage.

Returning to Australia, Terracini took up residence in northern New South Wales where he was to found the Northern Rivers Performing Arts Festival. He continued to travel overseas for work and was also involved with large community productions in Queensland cities.

Terracini has been director of the Queensland Biennial of Music and of the Brisbane Festival. In 2011 he was appointed as artistic director of Opera Australia.

Source: 'The Showman', Weekend Australian, 27-28 May 2006.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2014 recipient Order of Australia Member of the Order of Australia (AM) For significant service to the performing arts as an opera performer, director and administrator.

Awards for Works

Yarrabah! The Musical 2012 single work musical theatre

'Opera Australia and the Yarrabah Indigenous Community of Far North Queensland join forces for this world premiere musical. Directed by Rhoda Roberts, this innovative production tells the stories and history of Yarrabah through spoken word, dance and song, performed with a live band and featuring an original score by Shenzo Gregorio, with choreography by Marilyn Miller. Featuring many of the young people and elders of the Yarrabah Community, alongside artists Casey Donovan, Troy Brady and Nick Backstrom, 'YARRABAH! The Musical' is both striking and extraordinary.

'Yarrabah! The Musical' is over two years in the making, brought about by ongoing conversations between Opera Australia's Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini and the people of Yarrabah. It is part of Opera Australia's ongoing commitment to telling a broad range of Australian stories, building them from the grass roots and making genuine connections with communities.

The production takes place in Bishop Malcolm Park at the end of August [2012] with audiences sitting out on the grass surrounded by Yarrabah's natural beauty. There are two performances, the first of which is closed for the community. The final evening performance will be a public performance and a true celebration of the enduring culture of Yarrabah itself.' (Source :

2013 winner The Australian Events Awards 2013 for Coates Hire Best Community Event
form y separately published work icon The Widower ( dir. Kevin Lucas ) 2004 Z1134392 2004 single work film/TV

'Structured around a collection of quintessential Les Murray poems that offer an engaging story about two Australian men - a father and son - who have lost the most treasured woman in their lives, The Widower is a poetically conceived music-drama that explores themes of ageing, isolation, loss and love in an Australian rural setting.'
(Source: The Australian Film Commission website,

2005 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Adapted Screenplay
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