Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Awarded Italy’s Cultural Honor

By Francisco Salazar

Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM of Opera Australia has been awarded Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy, one of the highest civilian honors in Italy.

The honor is bestowed on foreign nationals and expatriates for their work in the promotion of Italian national prestige abroad, upholding and preserving cultural heritage, enhancing friendly relations and co-operation with other countries and ties with Italy.

Presented by Italy’s Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Stefano Gatti and Consul General Mr Arturo Arcano, the award recognizes Terracini’s devotion and passion for Italian art, music and culture, and his tireless promotion of Italy’s artistic heritage in Australia and around the world, through his work with local governments, agencies and communities.

Terracini joins an esteemed list of recipients from around the world including singer Frank Sinatra and tennis champion Novak Djokovic.

Terracini has been Artistic Director with Opera Australia (OA) since 2009 and has been integral in its continuing success and worldwide acclaim.