About Coast Opera Australia

Coast Opera Australia aims to demonstrate leadership in all aspects of its operation, while involving and developing support for its programs from a broad section of the community. We have a well established organisational framework. Our board is a small closely knit team of committed individuals, ensuring that skills and experience are well balanced and complementary. Members include business leaders bringing marketing, legal and financial expertise as well as empathy and understanding of the importance of music and the arts to a rich and fulfilling community life. We have secured support from well respected advisors and opinion leaders from business, education and cultural sectors. This includes professionals who have had leadership roles with Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Bell Shakespeare Company, Australia Business Arts Foundation, The Australian Youth Orchestra, National Gallery of Australia and Macquarie and Melbourne Universities.


Angela Brewer - Founder
Artistic Director & Ceo BMUS (HONS)

Angela has called the Central Coast home for the past 10 years. She is an international opera singer, vocal teacher for Coast Opera Australia’s Emerging Artists Program, conductor, concert producer and a mother. After 20 years working as a professional operatic artist traveling the world, she can account for over 200 professional productions and concerts in Europe, China, Sydney Opera House and Melbourne State Theatre.

Angela regularly sings and speaks on ABC Radio. Has sung for Sean Connery, Cate Blanchett and Dame Joan Sutherland. Angela is an advocate for world class operatic events on the Central Coast that introduce internationally acclaimed and emerging artists. Angela’s emerging artists in training have received awards and grants from all over Australia and Europe, and also being accepted into highly competitive university courses such as WAAPA (Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts), and Opera Summer School Programs in Europe.

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Deputy Chair, The Australian Ballet (1998 - July 2006)
Chair Australian Youth Orchestra (2003 - 2006)
Director, The Hunger Project (Australia) (2004 - 2006)
Executive Chair, The Bell Shakespeare Company (1991 - 1997)
Director, The Bell Shakespeare Company (Founding Board)(1990-1997)
Chair, Cranbrook School Foundation (1995 - 2000)
Member, National Commission UNSECO (1996 - 1999)
Director, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (1995 - 1999)
Director, State Library of New South Wales Foundation (1988 - 1998)

Executive Roles

Director NSW, Australia Business Arts Foundation (Jan 2009 - Oct 2012)
English teaching and Italian Language study Italy (Lecce and Venice 2006 - 2008)
Executive Director, National Gallery of Australia Foundation (2000 - 2006)
General Manager, Major Organisations Fund, Australia Council (1998 - 1999)
Executive Chair, Bell Shakespeare Company (1991 - 1997)
Private Consultant and Advisor, business development and restructure, State Library of NSW Foundation (1987 - 1990)
Development Administrator, The Australian Opera* (1984 - 1986) *now Opera Australia
Corporate Development Director, The Australian Opera (1981 - 1984)

Australian Youth Orchestra National Council 2008 - Present
Life Member - Bell Shakespeare Company
Member National Gallery of Australia Canberra

Order of Australia (AM) 2001
Degrees: Monash University (BA Hons)


Phil Donnelly OAM

Phil Donnelly has been President of the Bouddi Society for twelve years. Now retired he was formerly a senior executive in the Australian public service where he was responsible for national program delivery.
He is the company secretary for a Sydney-based Aboriginal not-for-profit organization delivering sporting, educational and health programs across Australia.

Phil Donnelly was born and raised in country New South Wales and has a degree in Economics. A former officer in the Australian Regular Army, he saw active service overseas.

Now retired, he was a senior executive in the Australian public service where he was responsible for national program delivery. Since retiring he has served on the executive of a number of not-for-profit Indigenous and cultural organisations.

In 2014 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the Indigenous community through sporting and charitable initiatives.