The Australian Ballet has the pleasure of performing with some of Australia’s best orchestras

Our orchestra partners

Opera Australia Orchestra

Opera Australia Orchestra is the busiest of all Australian orchestras, giving around 250 performances each year. A wholly owned subsidiary of Opera Australia, the orchestra performs for Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet during their respective Sydney seasons, as well as for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. In a typical year, the Sydney-based Opera Australia Orchestra will give some 175 performances of more than a dozen operas, and more than 80 performances for The Australian Ballet. The Orchestra will work with a dozen different conductors and perform repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Berg. It also appears in gala concerts and special events such as Mazda Opera in the Domain and the New Year’s Eve Gala Concert, both in Sydney. 

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) was founded in 1936. Today it’s a much-loved iconic South Australian brand and the largest performing arts company in South Australia. Along with its season of core orchestral repertoire, family, new music and commercial concerts, the ASO provides the orchestral support for The Australian Ballet’s Adelaide seasons, as well as performances of the State Opera of South Australia.

The 2016 Season sees a new era of music making at the ASO, with 30-year-old Australian Nicholas Carter heading a new artistic leadership team that includes two outstanding international artists: renowned British conductor Jeffrey Tate as Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Adviser; and living musical legend, conductor, violinist, violist and teacher Pinchas Zukerman as Artist-in-Association.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

As an arts leader and great Australian orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) plays a pivotal role in the arts landscape: educating, mentoring aspiring performers, and touring regional centres, as well as broadcasting and performing with major ballet and opera companies.  QSO has a long and proud history of performing with The Australian Ballet. Highlights include Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake in 2005 and 2013, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet in 2003 and 2012 and Imperial Suite in 2014. Our enduring partnership has seen The Australian Ballet’s Nicolette Fraillon invited as Guest Conductor for QSO performances. Each year QSO attracts the world’s best conductors and soloists as part of its acclaimed concert season, in addition to presenting unique blockbuster events. QSO is passionate about commissioning innovative new programs and Australian works and, as the first Australian orchestra to partner with Foxtel Arts, continues to invest in collaborations, recording and digital initiatives.

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

The partnership between The Australian Ballet and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) commenced in 1979 with a highly successful tour of Greece and Israel. The partnership lay dormant for a number of decades, but was awakened in spectacular fashion in 2011 with Centenary Symphony of Dance, a short season in Launceston to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the city’s iconic Princess Theatre. The following year, the TSO travelled to Perth to perform for The Australian Ballet’s season of Romeo and Juliet. In the recording studio, the TSO has worked closely with Nicolette Fraillon, Music Director and Chief Conductor of The Australian Ballet. The TSO is among the orchestras featured on Music of the Dance, a double CD released in 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Australian Ballet, and the TSO is the sole orchestra on the double CD Giselle, which was released in 2015.

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) is Western Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts organisation. With a reputation for excellence, engagement and innovation, WASO’s resident company of full-time, professional musicians plays a central role in creating a culturally vibrant Western Australia. WASO is a not-for-profit company, funded through government, ticket revenue and the generous support of the community through corporate and philanthropic partnerships. WASO’s vision is to touch souls and enrich lives through music. Each year the Orchestra entertains and inspires the people of Western Australia through its concert performances, regional tours and innovative education and community programs. Recent seasons with The Australian Ballet include David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty at Crown Theatre, Perth in 2015.