A new study shows that Australian opera has a legacy of gender inequality. So what’s next? Caitlin Vincent discusses the issue with Jo Davies, the new Artistic Director of Opera Australia, and stage director Lindy Hume, who has run two opera companies.

Sydney Mancasola stands stage centre, with two men holding either arm outstretched
Sydney Mancasola (Bess) in Breaking the Waves. Photo © James Glossop.

Questions of diversity and inclusion are increasingly shaping the way we think about the cultural sector. Alongside the rise of social movements like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter, sectors across the arts have faced growing scrutiny of their artistic operations. Whose stories are being told, and importantly, who is telling them?

Opera is no stranger to controversy when it comes to representation both on and off the stage. In 2018,...