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.


Artistic Director & Ceo - Angela Brewer

Angela has called the Central Coast home for the past 8 years. She professional 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 and 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 whilst being accepted into highly competitive university courses such as WAAPA (Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts), and Opera Summer School Programs in Italy.

Angela has performed at numerous sell-out concerts on the Central Coast such as Opera in the Arboretum, Cross Roads Festival, Concertante Ensemble, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre and Symphony Central Coast. Through the public’s keen interest in supporting and following her, Angela has seen the opportunity and need to establish Coast Opera Australia.

Our Board


Pauline Wright - ChairWoman

Pauline was the President of the Law Society of NSW in 2017 and is presently a member of the Executive Committee of the Law Council of Australia as well as being Vice President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties. She is a member of the Board of Pro Bono Australia and is a past President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW) Central Coast Chapter, past Vice President of NSW Women Lawyers and past Governor of the Law and Justice Foundation.

Pauline is a solicitor, an accredited specialist in Local Government and Planning Law, with extensive experience in criminal law. She graduated with a BA LLB from Macquarie University in 1985 majoring in both Law and Mass Communications, and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW the same year. Pauline also holds a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

A proud member of Actors Equity since 1991, Pauline began her working life with a dual career in law and theatre. She has acted in leading roles in numerous theatre productions and is also a writer, director and producer. In more recent years, she has developed a love of singing in diverse genres including opera, folk, jazz and cabaret.

Pauline was a founder of the iconic Central Coast cultural event, the 5 Lands Walk, and is also a keen ocean swimmer and active surf lifesaver.


Grant William Tomkinson - Treasurer

Grant graduated from Macquarie University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Accountancy.

After graduating, Grant worked in Sydney at Davey and Associates, a tax and financial planning firm that specialised in the medical profession and subsequently the legal fraternity. For the last two years Grant was tax manager for one of the senior partners.

Grant is currently the accredited finance adviser for WT Martin & Associates, a registered tax agent, and self-managed superannuation fund auditor. He is a Fellow of the National Tax and Accountants Association. Grant is a highly experienced accountant, working alongside a team of four accountants, a financial planner and three support staff. He provides accountancy and tax advice to a broad range of clients. A number of these clients have self-managed superannuation funds which has become a focus for the practice.

Grant continues to have professional ties to Sydney based firms and consultants and is involved in our Central Coast local community. Over many years, the principals and partners of the practice have been members of East Gosford Rotary. Grant has been a member since 1991 and is also a Director of Cancer Care Australia Limited. He provides accountancy services to several local, not for profit organisations, including the 5 Lands Walk Incorporated.



Originally from Canada, Erica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. Erica has a wealth of career experience gained working across Local and Federal Government Departments, Private Enterprise and Not for Profit Organisations.

Erica has spent considerable time overseas. Erica travelled extensively across 6 continents: North and South America, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Europe. She lived and worked in 4 countries before settling in and becoming a citizen of Australia. This gave Erica considerable exposure to outstanding cultural and musical experiences throughout the world.

Erica credits her love of music to a lifetime of appreciating amazing cultural works and artists, as well as working with exceptionally talented musicians over the past decade.

Erica has a longtime association with the Central Coast and has resided happily on the Coast for over 20 years while raising a family and owner-building the family home.

Erica is delighted to be associated with Coast Opera Australia.

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