Our Tour Leaders

All of our tours are led by academics and experts in their field who will share their passion and knowledge with you in lectures, talks and throughout the tour. Click on their profile to find out more about them.

Mairi Nicolson

Mairi Nicolson’s long and varied career as a broadcaster for the ABC and BBC has taken her from the Sydney Opera House to New York’s Avery Fischer Hall, from the Royal Albert Hall in London to Hamer Hall in Melbourne.

For ABC Classic FM she currently presents a range of radio programs including The Opera Show and local and international orchestral concerts, as well as broadcasts for Opera Australia and Musica Viva.

Mairi also conducts professional Media Training sessions with singers and musicians so they can best communicate their stories to the widest possible audience.


Current Tours:

¡Opera Olé!  |  15–28 May 2019 (14 days)

Romanian Rhapsody  |  31 August – 11 September 2019 (12 days)

Romanian Rhapsody  |  12–23 September 2019 (12 days)

Easter at the Met  |  10–16 April 2020 (7 days)

Opera Bellissima  |  October 2020



“What a jewel. Her knowledge about the performances enlightened us and her interviewing talent made the discussion groups absolutely riveting. What a delightful, charming personality she has!”
Ann M.  |  Adelaide Festival 2018


“Knowledgeable, entertaining and with a network that allowed her to bring in some excellent speakers and panelists.”
Jan and Andrew C.  |  Adelaide Festival 2018


“Where do we start with Mairi Nicolson! We couldn’t have a better tour leader, actually is the best tour leader we have ever had. Mairi kept everything running smoothly but one could sense that there was nothing she wasn’t aware of. Her talks were very knowledgeable and she was very witty at times.”
Evangelina and Carlos H.  |  Verdi Festival and Opera in Italy 2016