Adrian Collette AM


Adrian Collette is the Vice-Principal (Engagement) at The University of Melbourne, a role he has held since 2013.

Previously, Adrian was Chief Executive Officer of Opera Australia (OA) for 16 years. OA is Australia’s national opera company and is also the country’s largest performing arts company. Before joining Opera Australia, Adrian was Managing Director of Reed Books, a division of Reed Elsevier, a company at which he worked for 10 years. Adrian also performed regularly as a singer with the Victoria State Opera and was a member of their Young Artist Program.

He is a Board member of the Australia Council for the Arts; Chair of the Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Panel; a Board member of the Committee for Melbourne and a Life Member of Live Performance Australia. He was also a Member of the Victorian Council for the Arts and a Trustee of Sydney Grammar School for 6 years. Adrian became a Member in the Order of Australia for services to the Arts in 2008.