Victorian Opera has today announced that Australian musical theatre and opera director Stuart Maunder will take over as the company’s Artistic Director in 2023, replacing Richard Mills, who announced that he was stepping down in February this year.

Stuart Maunder.

Stuart Maunder. Photo © That Photography Place

“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Stuart Maunder as the incoming Artistic Director of Victorian Opera. Stuart has proven himself to be a formidable force in the operatic landscape as both a director and Artistic Director with immense theatrical insight,” said Genevieve Overell, Chair of the Board of Victorian Opera.

“His collaborations with our company across many years have proven hugely successful and remained much loved with our audiences. As a great champion of Australian opera, Stuart closely aligns with Victorian Opera’s commitment to creating and nurturing opera in this country. We are excited for Stuart to guide Victorian Opera into our next artistic chapter and express our tremendous gratitude once again to Maestro Richard Mills for his exemplary decade at the helm of the company.”

Maunder’s recent collaborations with Victorian Opera have included...