Work that reflects the complicated times in which we live, providing new ways of speaking, listening and interpreting.
Chamber Made Opera aspires to be recognised nationally and internationally as a maker of outstanding interdisciplinary performance works.
Chamber Made Opera is committed to the creation and presentation of new performance works that investigate how music, performance and design can converge. CMO is renowned for continually challenging art form, bringing together outstanding creative teams and taking on inspired artistic challenges.
We make a space for artists and audiences who are hungry to interrogate the status quo and step into unknown territory. Our work provokes debate around both form and content. Every work is completely original. We make new works that explore questions of current social, political and cultural currency.
Having presented over 90 performance seasons in Australia, NZ, Asia, Europe, USA and South America, CMO has extensive experience working on international tours, co-productions and residencies. The company has commissioned over 40 new Australian works and engaged countless artists since it was founded in 1988. CMO’s artistic team is led by Creative Director and CEO Tim Stitz with Artistic Director Tamara Saulwick, working in collaboration with a range of independent artists, organisations and communities.
Artistic collaboration is central to the company’s philosophy and creative methodology. We make intimate work for the purpose of exploring difficult questions within a strong artistic framework.
CMO has multi-year, re-current funding from the Victorian Government and City of Melbourne and has an enduring support base from philanthropic and earned income.
Chamber Made Opera was established in 1988 by founding artistic director Douglas Horton and founding General Manager Stephen Armstrong.
Between its inception in 1988 and 2014, the company was steered by two Artistic Directors, Douglas Horton (1988 – 2009) and David Young (2009 – 2014). From 2014 to 2016 a new artistic model was implemented which saw the company’s vision being led collaboratively by Creative Director and CEO Tim Stitz and four Artistic Associates: Sarah Kriegler, Tamara Saulwick, Christie Stott and Erkki Veltheim. In 2017, the company evolved from this model into a shared leadership between Tim Stitz and Tamara Saulwick in the position of Artistic Director. Keeping artistic collaboration central to its mandate this new structure incorporated a planned Artist-in-Residence model and working with external artistic collaborators on every project.
CMO has built a reputation for creating era and artform-defining works which have attracted critical and audience acclaim and consternation. David Young spearheaded the Living Room Opera series, establishing a new approach to art making that was site responsive, patron driven, and resulted in works that were nimble and intimate in nature. The model was also a success in how it fostered collaboration and partnerships with a variety of artists and small companies.
Chamber Made Opera has collaboration and interdisciplinary practice at its heart. It enables and demands an ongoing dialogue about artistic direction and priorities for the company. An overt focus on chamber opera has evolved into a broader focus on creating works that reimagine how music, performance and design can converge. The works emerging from this model are engaging and complex.
Chamber Made Opera acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and pays its respects to their Elders past and present.
Chamber Made Opera is a not-for-profit association incorporated in Victoria, with Australian Taxation Office-endorsed Tax Concession Charity and Deductible Gift Recipient status.
ABN 84 490 162 765
Incorporation number A0016507A