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Richard Mills

Composer & Conductor, former Artistic Director

Internationally recognised composer Richard Mills, AO, pursues a diverse career as composer, conductor and artistic director, with an extensive discography of orchestral works including his own compositions.

Currently Artistic Director of Victorian Opera, and Senior Fellow, Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, Richard has been Artistic Director of the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra and West Australian Opera, Director of the Australian Music Project for Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Musica Viva’s Composer of the Year. His recording of the film music of Franz Waxman with the QSO was awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik in 1992.

This year Richard conducts ElektraThe Butterfly Lovers (Mills) and La Cenerentola for Victorian Opera, and Voss for State Opera.

Recent highlights include the world premiere of his Christmas oratorio Nativity with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The Pearlfishers and Parrwang Lifts the Sky for Victorian Opera, the ASO at Adelaide Festival and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll for State Opera.