About us

In 2011, internationally acclaimed Wagnerian soprano Lisa Gasteen AO established the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School to provide elite opera coaching.

The School is among the finest coaching programs in the world and offers its singers important national and international contacts. It has established a core program that reflects Lisa Gasteen’s holistic approach that combines singer and repetiteur training, language study, practical musicianship and performance experience.

The coaching period includes over 20 individual coaching sessions, workshops, language instructions and public performances.

"Singers are expected to arrive having accurately memorised their parts. Then the real work begins."


Simone Young AM
John Fisher
Lisa Gasteen AO
Jennifer Marten-Smith
Philip Mayers
Ensemble Q
A Reserve $70 | Concession $60
B Reserve $50 | Concession $40


The Lisa Gasteen National Opera School will coach young professional singers and repetiteurs in preparation for the two concert performances of Ariadne auf Naxos.

Ariadne auf Naxos is an opera about opera. Strauss wrote 90 minutes of scrumptiously lush music. The poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal provided a libretto that divides the performance into a Prologue and then an opera about the Greek goddess Ariadne.

The prologue is opera buffo that presents the comic backstage psychological game play of those preparing to entertain a nouveau riche, quixotic Viennese patron.  Comedia dell’arte players collide with the opera’s composer and singers arguing against their patron’s command for the players and the opera seria, titled Ariadne auf Naxos, to be superimposed so his fireworks can start punctually at 9pm.

Strauss uses that artifice to contrast the perky, kindly Zerbinetta and her cheerful troop with the grander, melancholic Ariadne whom Theseus has abandoned on the island of Naxos. She will soon be revitalised by Bacchus who discovers his godlike status in the process.

It is an opera to be enjoyed on many levels, especially glorious musical styles and the witty plot. But the opera, which was created in the pre World War I Vienna of Freud and Art Nouveau comments on society, how daily life and artifice mirror each other and how they are put before the audience.

How to apply

Learn about the skills and qualities required of our applicants, as well as audition information.

How you can help

The Lisa Gasteen National Opera School has established itself as the premier elite training program for young Australian opera singers

Please help us build on our highly successful training program by giving your financial support.  There are several options from which donors can choose.

Please contact Rebecca Campbell at nationaloperaschool@griffith.edu.au.

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