Lingwood broke new ground by designing a series of stunning sets for my production of Aida in the Concert Hall of the Opera House. The way Tom's designs managed to turn the Concert Hall into the most effective of opera venues marked the pinnacle of his design career. Later the same year, he directed and designed a new production of Carmen for the West Australian Opera and a new production of Salome for the Concert Hall of the Opera House. He also designed for the Australian Opera a new Fanciulla del West and William Walton and Paul Dehn's The Bear, his final work for the company. In his last 10 years in Australia, Lingwood lectured in design at NIDA where he again encouraged new talent and became expert in computer design. In 1997, when he began to develop serious and inoperable heart problems, he decided to return to Europe. Tom and his partner of nearly 50 years, FRANS VAN NORDE , sold their Paddington terrace in Sydney and bought an apartment in Haarlem, Holland.