Under artistic director Pat Miller, Lyric Opera has enjoyed a year of successful stagings. It offers a refreshing approach to the stories and texts, underpinned by thoughtful casting, thorough musical preparation and joyous, imaginative delivery.
Peter Burch, The Australian
Lyric Opera’s always questing artistic director, Pat Miller, has revived this sleeping
princess in a fine production whose starkness is a neat counterpoint to the orchestral opulence. Miller conducts the 16-piece ensemble with clarity and elan.
Michael Shmith, The Age
Its 22-piece orchestral ride and robust vocal output were so thrillingly presented on opening night, testament to the leadership of conductor Pat Miller.
Paul Sellar, Herald Sun
Lyric Opera is largely guided by their dynamic artistic director Patrick Miller, whose meticulous work as musical director guarantees an experience as enlightening as it is entertaining.
Pat Miller began completed a Master of Music in Conducting at the University of Melbourne studying under John Hopkins before making his professional debut leading the National Tour of Carmen for Ozopera. Further training through the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program included appearing before the major Australian orchestras and led to assistant and guest conductor engagements with the Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. This was followed by an apprenticeship at the Opera de Lyon.
Pat is currently Chief Conductor of the Australian International Opera Company and Artistic Director of Lyric Opera of Melbourne. Repertoire ranges from Baroque to Contemporary having led productions including Iphigenie en Tauride, le nozze di Figaro, Pygmalion, Carmen, la Traviata, Werther, The Tender land & Trouble in Tahiti. Pat is equally at home in Music theatre with productions ranging from Cabaret and Spelling Bee to West Side Story and Phantom of the Opera. Pat is also committed to nurturing the next generation of musicians as Conductor for Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra and as Music Director of Opera Scholars Australia
In 2017 Pat conducted concerts with the Ballarat and Stonnington Symphony Orchestras, the Australian premiere of Saint Saëns La Princesse Jaune and Monteverdi’s Il coronazione di Poppea for Lyric. As the recipient of the Rosemary and John Hopkins award, Pat led the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra in a performance of Australian works commissioned by the HUSH foundation at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Pat again assisted Simone Young in a concert with the Australian World Orchestra and ANAM and was appointed Music Director of Opera Scholars Australia.
In 2018 engagments include Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias and the first revival of Barry Conyngham’s Fly with Lyric as well as ongoing work with Opera Scholars Australia and Melbourne Youth Orchestra.