Patrick Nolan

Patrick Nolan


Currently the CEO & Artistic Director of Opera Queensland, Patrick has created productions for Opera Australia, WA Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, New Zealand Opera, Seattle Opera, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St, Griffin Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and all the major Australian capital city festivals.

From 2009–2014 he was Artistic Director of Legs On The Wall, creating works that toured Australia, UK, Korea and Brazil. In 2015, Patrick was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship to support research into large scale outdoor performance and the relationship between extreme physicality and storytelling.

Operas include: Oscar and Lucinda Opera Queensland with Sydney Chamber Opera and Victorian Opera; Tosca, A Flowering Tree and The Marriage of Figaro Opera Queensland; Verdi Requiem Opera Queensland with Bleach Festival; Katya Kabanova Seattle Opera and NZ Opera; Notes from Underground Sydney Chamber Opera; A Flowering Tree Perth Festival and WA Opera; Acis and Galatea, Dido and Aeneas, Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Eugene Onegin, Pelléas et Mélisande Opera Australia; La bohème, Eugene Onegin New Zealand Opera; the world première of Love in the Age of Therapy by Paul Grabowsky and Joanna Murray-Smith for the Sydney and Melbourne Festivals.

Past Performances

15 - 31 July 2021

Performance The Marriage of Figaro

It’s Figaro and Susanna’s wedding day but their boss, the Count, has other ideas, he too wants Susanna. And so begins one of the greatest love stories ever told. This…

26 September

Event Songs of Love and War

Songs of Love and War Presented by Opera Queensland and The University of Queensland School of Music in association with Urban Art Projects. In 1638, renowned Italian composer, Claudio Monteverdi,…

20 November 2021

Performance VERDI

Opera Queensland’s VERDI brings the power and majesty of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s works to the Concert Hall stage for two performances this November. Songs from La traviata, Macbeth, Il…

29 March - 2 April 2022

Performance The Sopranos

Celebrating bold and rebellious women Season 2022 opens with The Sopranos, a new commission by writer Sarah Holland-Batt, celebrating the bold and rebellious roles women have played throughout the history…

20 - 24 September 2022

Performance The Human Voice & The Call

Two women, two moments, two lives changed forever. THE HUMAN VOICE Music by Francis Poulenc   Libretto by Jean Cocteau   Elle is alone, motionless in a room, she goes to leave…

Regional Tour May-June 2022

Regional The Sopranos – Regional Tour

Opera Queensland’s The Sopranos, celebrates the bold and rebellious roles women have played throughout the history of music. In this rich and exciting production, women dare to be different, love…

11 - 13 August 2022

Family friendly Home Grown Opera

Experience the magic of opera in the gardens as you listen to a curated concert of traditional songs marking life’s big moments, presented by BLEACH* and Opera Queensland. Gold Coast…

Thursday 10 – Saturday 26 August 2023

Performance Così fan tutte

What is love? What is fidelity? Love and fidelity are tested to their limit in Mozart and Da Ponte’s timeless comic opera, Così fan tutte. Be swept away to the Mediterranean seaside, where young officers…

Performance Singing in the Night

Be immersed in beautiful music making at the iconic Outback Queensland location of Two Tree Hill on Camden Park Station in Longreach. Under the vast horizons of this historic 18,000-acre…

Performance Dark Sky Serenade

Dazzling night skies, crystal clear air and glorious music ignite your senses in this once in a lifetime concert. Dark Sky Serenade returns to the spectacular Jump-Up at the Australian…

20 & 27 April 2024

Performance Lucia di Lammermoor

A Brisbane Bel Canto event A NEW FESTIVAL FOR THE BRISBANE STAGE Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti ★★★★★ “One for the ages, it’s not to be missed” – Limelight…

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