Richard Mills Receives Honor from Australian Government

By Francisco Salazar

Australian conductor and composer Richard Mills has received a post-nominal upgrade as part of the 2024 Australia Day Honours after being appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Mills is being recognized for his distinguished service to the performing arts as a composer, conductor, and artistic director. He was first appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1999.

In response to his new honor, Mills said, “I have had the great privilege of serving my art in the company of so many wonderful talented and generous colleagues. My life has been blessed by the beauty of the human voice every day and by inspiration and affection and support of so many people. I am honoured and grateful.”

Mills has been Artistic Director of the Victorian Opera and West Australian Opera. He has also been awarded the Helpmann for his operas “Batavia” and “Love of the Nightingale.” In April 2024, Mills conducts several performances at Opera Queensland’s Brisbane Bel Canto Festival and is set to reunite with frequent collaborator Jessica Pratt.