Victorian Opera unveils Hemstritch Studio

Victorian Opera has honoured the major philanthropic contributions of former Chairman Jane Hemstritch with the dedication of its performing, rehearsal and event space in her name: the Hemstritch Studio.

Victorian Opera unveils Hemstritch Studio

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During her tenure on Victorian Opera’s Board, which she served from 2010 and as Chairman from 2013 - 2018, Ms. Hemstritch enabled the company to flourish through her steady leadership and generous support.

A central space within Victorian Opera’s base at Horti Hall, the Hemstritch Studio is a blank canvas for opera making and will host some of the best singers from Australia and abroad as they prepare for performances.

Throughout March, Victorian Opera delivers a series of public talks in the newly named Hemstritch Studio, presented in conversation with Artistic Director Richard Mills, as well as a Victorian Opera Youth Ensemble (VOYCE) concert in May, and a series of five recitals in August. The studio’s purpose is to create a social hub for all opera lovers, from beginners to experts.

An artform founded through philanthropy, private support has long been a central pillar to enabling the existence of opera. Elizabeth Hill-Cooper, Victorian Opera’s Executive Producer and Acting CEO, celebrates Ms. Hemstritch’s backing of the organisation. “Jane Hemstritch has long been a fierce advocate of our organisation and a significant philanthropic supporter. Jane’s support of Victorian Opera has enabled the company to reach for the stars and pursue ambitious productions and plans for the future.”

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