We sincerely thank our generous Pinchgut supporters. We call them our Pinchgut HEROES.  The generosity of these individuals and families make a vital contribution to our activities each year.  Every gift is deeply appreciated and immediately employed toward the creation of our productions.

We honour our Pinchgut Heroes through referencing some of the heroic characters featured in past productions. They have helped us build and sustain the company. 

*This list is current as of 5 June 2018

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His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales

Foundation Supporter & Matched Giving Campaign Donor 2017

Danny Kaye & Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation


Graeme Wood Foundation, Sisyphus Foundation

Life Patron

Liz Nielsen


Jupiter (Semele)- $50,000 and above

You are too glorious for mortals to even behold.

Anonymous (1), Jeremy and Jessica Davis.

Theodora (Theodora)- $25,000 to $49,999

You are the beacon for others.  A shining light.  An inspiration.  You are goodness personified.

Anonymous (1), Emily and Yvonne Chang.

Diana (Iphigéngie en Tauride)- $15,000 to $24,999

You are the saviour.  The deliverer.  When certain disaster is impending you appearance saves the day.

Anonymous (1), Priscilla Adey*.

Orfeo (Orfeo & L'Anima de Filosofo)- $10,000 to $14,999

Art.  Music.  The sublime.  You embody them all.  You are a creator.  From you music is born.

Anonymous (1), Mrs W. G. Keighley, Agnes Sinclair.

Griselda (Griselda)- $5,000 to $9,999

Loyalty and steadfast support has no greater example.  You are indeed our true partner.  Come what may, you will be there.

Anonymous (4), Neil Burns, Emily Chang, Janet Holmes á Court*, Jean Dalton, Nick and Caroline Minogue Foundation, Alan Hyland, Suzanne Mary Kirkham, John Lamble Foundation, Noel and Donna McIntosh*, Frances Muecke, David and Gillian Ritchie, Anthony Strachan, Cameron Williams.

Juditha (Juditha Triumphas)- $2,000 to $4,999

You are literally a hero.  When called upon in trying times, you will stand up and do the right thing.

Anonymous (1), Damaris Bairstow, Christine Bishop, Virginia Braden OAM*, Janet Cooke, Prudence and Peter Davenport*, Raoul de Ferranti and Merrilyn Sleigh, John and Irene Garran*, Reg and Kathie Grinberg, Trisha Heaton*, Dr Elisabeth Hodson and Mr Tom Karplus, Joan Masterman, Pamela and Ian McGaw*,  The Honourable Jane Mathews AO*, Helen Meddings, Ern and Deidre Pope, Stephen Booth and Zorica Rapaich, Lesley and Andrew Rosenberg, Elizabeth Watson, Annie and Anthony Whealy*.

Pigmalion (Pigmalion)- $1,000 to $1,999

Your touch, your love makes art spring to life.

Anonymous (2), Gillian Appleton, Bruce Armstrong, Carey Bebe, Colleen and Michael Chesterman*, Joan Connery OAM, Helen Cox*, David Duncan, Rosemary Farrow, Barbara Fisher, Norman Gillespie, Richard Gilmour-Smith, Catherine Playoust and Elliot Gyger, Catherine and David Harris*, Erin Helyard, Jean Hordern, Dr John Hughes, Beatrice Janssen*, Christine Kenworthy, Mary Jane Lawrie, Brian and Cathy Long*, Robert Marks*, Henry Burmester and Peter Mason*, Brendan McPhillips, Jan Marie Muscio, Pieter and Liz Oomens*, Jennifer and Ivor Orchard*,  Jan Orman, Stewart Candlish and Bianca Panizza, Trevor Parkin*, Patricia H Reid Endowment, Dr Felicite Ross, Ross Steele AM, Leslie C. Thiess, Laurel Tsang, Mark Walker, Dr Catherine Brown Watt PSM and Mr Derek Watt.

Eurydice (Orfeo & L'Amnina del Filosofo)- $500 to $999

You are the inspiration.  The music happens because of you.

Anonymous (5), Andrew Andersons, Lorriane Brister, Judy Butlin, Peter and Helen Campbell-Davys, Wendy Cobcraft, Jean Cockayne, Angela Compton, Marie Dreux, Leigh Etherden, Gabrielle Ewington, Mark Gaal, Braith and Sarah Gilchrist, Carol Grace, Marion and Alan Grundy*, Diana Hanaor, Rohan Haslam, Owen James*, Wolf Krueger, Veronica Lee, JH and HA Linstead, Susan Marshall, Mindy Green and Steve McDonald*, Tim and Gillian McDonald*, Pamela Russell, Vivienne Skinner*, Sue Thomson, Monique Tsao*, Kay Vernon, Alison Lockhart and Bruce Watson, GC and R Weir, Heather Weir, Ms Ailsa Hocking and Dr Bernard Williams, Dr Edward J Wills, Peronelle Windeyer.

Jacinte (L'Amant jaloux)- $250 to $499

You are the kind and industrious soul behind the scenes.  Without you everything would fall apart very quickly.

Anonymous (4), Carole Bailey*, Bob Clark, A L Crotty, Kate and Jeremy Eccles, Kate Elliot, Kay Fell, Valmae Freilich, John and Diana Frew, Pru Goward*, Margaret Grundy, John Hannoush, Judy Hastings, Dr Cary James and Dr Anne James, Elizabeth and Ian Johnston, Estate of Leonie Judith Kramer, Dr Ann McFarlane, Inara Merrick, Gae Mulvogue, Paul O'Donnell, Emma Johnston and Mark Probert, David Rolph, Ingrid Selene, Dr Kerry Thomas, Greig Tillotson*.

David (David and Jonathan)- $20 to $249

Even the smallest stone can save the day.

Anonymous (8), David Atmore, Patricia Benjamin, Michael Berger, Susan Berger, Douglas Boleyn, Elizabeth Bowles, Margot Breidahl, Margaret Pitt and Kay Britcliffe, Alex Bune, Brian and Judith Campbell, Dr Steven Cohn, Ms Clugston Comes, Christine Cooper, Esther Cossman, Nicholas Cowell, Dr Rita Crews, Tony D'Arbon, Keith Darling, Rebecca Davies, Robert Dingley*, Kate Eccles, Shirley Egan, Dorottya Fabian, Susanne de Ferranti, Anita Florin, Ka Him Michael Fong, Marguerite Foxon, Garry Feeney, Noel French, Berrima Galleries, John Gardiner, Sally Glover, Verity Goitein, Ruth Gough, Robert Green, Peter Hales, Glenda Haywood, Dorothy Hoddinott AO, Ann Hordern*, Joan Humphreys, Dr Robert Jackson, Peter James, Beverley Johnson, Frederick Kadd, Gaynor Kadd, Davorka Karacic, Antigone Kefala*, Janice Knight, Roslyn Laird, Barbara Leser, Karl Lindeson, Ross Longmuir, Murray A Macgee, J.H. Mant*, Renate Marek, Susan Marshall, Helen McGarry, Dr Betty Meehan, Lillian Melick, Josefa Green and John Millbank, Alain Moffroid, Jean Murphy, Margaret Newman, Ian Hunt and Victoria Nicholson, M E Nightingale, Andrew O'Connor, Adam O'Hare, Leone Oliver, Diane Openshaw, Edward Reis, Jeremy Ross, Warren Salomon, Mitzi L Saunders, Roger Seccombe, Ingrid Selene, Frank Shapcott*, Annie Slade, Nicola Stanford, Dr Elizabeth Staraj, Barbara Steller, Terence Stephens, Malcolm Stuart, A I Tonking,  Mr D and Dr Jennifer Turner, Annabel Wheeler, Peter White, Julienne Wight*, Carolyn Willis, Karen and Bruce Wilson, Susan Winterton, Robert Woodley, Eve Wynhausen*, Dr Daniel Zucker.

*These Heroes contributed directly toward our successful campaign to unlock a $50,000 matched grant from Creative Partnerships Australia. This grant will allow Erin to devote more of his time, and fulfil his vision for Pinchgut.

Maestro’s Circle Supporters

Our Maestro Circle is a circle of giving that and allows for a deep connection to Erin Helyard and supports his vision for Pinchgut Opera and our commitment to artistic excellence.

Justice François Kunc and Ms Felicity Rourke, in memory of Lidia Kunc* (Lead Patron), Tony Gill*, Alden Toevs and Judi Wolf*, Julia King* Julieanne Maxwell.


Pinchgut LIVE Heroes

One of the most special aspects of Pinchgut Opera is our recording label Pinchgut LIVE. This allows us to preserve the unique live experience of a Pinchgut Opera production and ensure that audiences around the world can share in the delights of our music for decades to come. We thank the following supporters:

Anonymous (2), Alumni Travel, Suzy and Stephen Baines, Emily Chang, Yvonne Chang in memory of Russell J Dove, Robert Gay, Mindy Green and Steve McDonald, Ian and Pamela McGaw, Pauline Griffin, Kathie and Reg Grinberg, Iphygenia Kallinikos, Mrs W.G. Keighley, Christine Kenworthy Nick and Caroline Minogue Foundation, Timothy and Eva Pascoe, David and Gillian Ritchie, James Timmins, Ross and Suzanne Tzannes


Share your lasting passion for Pinchgut Opera by making a gift to the Company in your Will. Your generosity will ensure that future generations will experience the pleasure and inspiration that Pinchgut has given you.

We thank the following people who have pledged to leave a legacy for Pinchgut Opera

Anonymous (3), Gillian Appleton

We also thank The estate of the late Timothy Brian Carey