Richard Divall 1945-2017

One of the most distinguished Australian musicians, Professor Fra Richard Divall, died on 15 January, 2017, at the age of 72. As one of Australia’s most renowned opera conductors, his name was virtually synonymous with his decades-long career as Musical Director of the Victorian State Opera.

Richard developed a very close association with Monash and with the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. Initially appointed as a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow in 2010, he subsequently also became an Adjunct Professor in the SZCSoM. He taught conducting in the School until 2016.

He was an exemplary champion of Australian music and devoted enormous energy throughout his career to collecting and editing music of Australia’s past. With his customary generosity, he donated many of these editions to the Music Archive of Monash University. 48 volumes of Australian music largely composed during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are all available online for free.

This collection is of extraordinary significance. The SZCSoM is committed to expanding this collection with the large number of additional works that Richard had completed editing. Most of these have never been available elsewhere. You can explore this marvellous collection at