Opera Australia artistic director Lyndon Terracini has announced his immediate departure from the company.
Terraccini, who led Opera Australia for 13 years, joins a growing list of senior staff leaving the organization in recent months.
His contract was expected to be settled by the end of this year.
The 72-year-old said he was leaving to “pursue the next phase of my life, seek new adventures and allow my successor to transition.”
Opera Australia said it was mutually agreed it was time for the former singer to leave.
“Australian Opera is grateful to Lyndon for his significant contributions during his tenure and for his artistic vision,” chief executive Fiona Allan said on Thursday.
Terraccini’s sudden departure follows a series of high-profile changes at the organisation, including the departures of Opera Australia’s chairman, technical director and chief marketing officer.
The former chief executive of Opera Australia left the company last year.