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 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:

Adelaide Festival 2020  |  03–09 March 2020 (7 days)

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

Opera Bellissima  |  30 September – 11 October 2020 (14 days)

Mahler Festival 2021  |  12–22 May 2021 (11 days)



“Mairi was outstanding. Her personality was warm and inclusive, and her presentations were incredibly well constructed, drawing out points of similarity or connections in a way that illuminated the subject.”
Robin S.  |  ¡Opera Olé! 2019


“Excellent is not sufficient. Could not have had a better leader. She was most inclusive, good sense of humour, always friendly.”
Elma T.  |  ¡Opera Olé! 2019


Mairi is an excellent leader and guide, very capable and efficient as well as being charming and very read with music.”
Shirley M.  |  Adelaide Festival 2019


“Mairi was very friendly and her talks were interesting, helping with an approach to Verdi as a whole and to each opera. An excellent choice.”
Carolyn W.  |  Opera Bellissima 2018


“We really enjoyed Mairi’s introductory talks and the spontaneously arranged interviews with the musicians.”
Ian S.  |  Romanian Rhapsody 2017