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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Peter Garrett MP Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

PG /175 25 November 2008


Today the Australian music community and opera lovers are mourning the sudden death of

Richard Hickox, Music Director of Opera Australia.

Minister for the Arts, Peter Garrett said Richard Hickox’s death came as a great shock and

was met with deep sorrow to those who knew him and worked with him in the opera


“Richard was a much respected and admired conductor, who made an invaluable

contribution to opera both in Australia and internationally. Those who have come into his

care and experienced his generosity will feel his loss deeply,” Minister Garrett said.

“I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Richard’s wife, Pamela, and his children in

this very difficult time.

“They can rightly feel great pride in Richard’s many outstanding achievements and his

contribution to Australian opera.”

Mr Hickox had been music director of Opera Australia since 2005, following a distinguished

conducting career in the United Kingdom. He conducted many memorable performances for

Opera Australia, including his final performances of Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd in

September and October this year, which were unanimously acclaimed by critics and


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