The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is an Australian orchestra based in Adelaide, South Australia. Its primary venue is the Adelaide Town Hall, but the ASO also performs in other venues such as Elder Hall at the University of Adelaide and the Adelaide Festival Theatre. The ASO provides the orchestral support for all productions of the State Opera of South Australia, as well as the Adelaide performances of the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia. The orchestra is also a regular featured ensemble at the Adelaide Festival.
The orchestra was founded as a 17-player radio ensemble in 1936. The orchestra reformed in 1949 as the 55-member South Australian Symphony Orchestra, with Henry Krips as its resident conductor. The orchestra reverted to its original title, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, in late 1975, and currently comprises 74 permanent members. Chief conductors of the orchestra have included Elyakum Shapirra, Piero Gamba, Albert Rosen, Nicholas Braithwaite, and David Porcelijn. The ASO's most recent chief conductor was Arvo Volmer, who held the post from 2004 to 2013. He is currently the ASO's principal guest conductor and artistic advisor.
The ASO's achievements have included its 1998 performances of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, the first Australian production since 1913 (although it was widely and erroneously claimed to be the first ever in Australia). The orchestra participated in the first fully Australian production of The Ring in 2004.
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William Cade (Resident Conductor, 1939),
Bernard Heinze (Guest Conductor, 1939),
Percy Code (Interim Resident Conductor, 1949),
Henry Krips (Resident Conductor, 1949-1972),
Elyakum Shapirra (Chief Conductor, 1975-1979),
José Serebrier (Principal Guest Conductor, 1982-1983),
Piero Gamba (Chief Conductor, 1983-1985),
Albert Rosen (Chief Conductor, 1986),
Nicholas Braithwaite (Chief Conductor, 1987-1991),
David Porcelijn (Chief Conductor, 1993-1998),
Arvo Volmer (Chief Conductor, 2004-2013)