"With Batavia, Richard Mills consolidates his claim to be considered Australia's most promising composer of opera at the dawn of the new millennium."
David Gyger
Opera Opera June 2001

"Mills is that rare thing, a real opera composer whose music adds something to words and drama and who understands opera from the inside out."
John Allison
Opera UK Magazine May 2007

Richard Mills is deservedly one of Australia's most sought after composers and music directors. In recent years he has pursued a diverse career as a composer and a conductor, which has seen him working with a large number of the nation's music organisations.

Mills pursued his advanced musical studies under Edmund Rubbra (composition) and Gilbert Webster (percussion) at the Guildhall School of Music, London, where he won the Saltzman Prize. Throughout his career he has also been recipient of the Maggs Award (1982), the Don Banks Music Fellowship (1995), and in 1999 was awarded an Order of Australia.

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