composer and conductor


Richard John Mills AM, DMus BA Qld, is an Australian conductor and composer. He is currently the Artistic Director of Victorian Opera, and formerly Artistic Director of the West Australian Opera and Artistic Consultant with Orchestra Victoria.

2009 – Richard Mills 05 Cropped version (credit – Rachel Hirsch)- preferred headshot


Mills's works are regularly performed throughout the world. Compositions range from major orchestral and choral works to ballet music. Commissions for the Sydney Symphony include Tenebrae, Emblems, and Totemic JourneysRequiem Diptych was commissioned and premiered by the Chicago Chamber Musicians Brass in 2001.

“…Mills’s deft, seamless and highly enjoyable compositions revealed an extraordinary showcase of musical reflection and reaction to each of the different times and places being examined.”
Peter Burch, The Australian, 6/2/17



Richard Mills conducts all the major orchestras in Australia and regularly performs in major Australian Festivals. He made his debut as an opera conductor at Opera Queensland with The Magic Flute.

Now, through his work with West Australian Opera, he has a large repertoire of standard works, as well as a reputation for conducting contemporary opera and his own compositions.  He is one of the few Australian composers who have been commissioned to write operas for main stage performances in Australia, and whose works have been performed in a number of seasons.