Tom Lingwood became an artistic director of the Australian Opera (later Opera Australia) In 1970 Tom Lingwood created two highly successful productions for the Australian Opera. In an enchanting La Bohème, Lingwood's pictorial, storybook sets provided a perfect setting for Puccini's opera of adolescent love and tragedy. Simultaneously he designed dramatic and spectacular sets for Verdi's Forza del Destino. For the Australian Ballet he then designed a spectacular new Swan Lake, directed by Anne Woolliams a production that is being replaced only this year after serving well for 25 years. He followed that up in 1993 with two Balanchine works, Night Shadows and Symphony in C.
He also designed a stunning Sound of Music for the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust that starred Julie Anthony and toured nationally.
In 1973 The Sydney OperaHouse opened with Sergei Prokofiev's "War and Peace. An epic production that was televised and broadcast around the world to great acclaim and according to some commentators, symbolised Australia's arrival on the international arts and culture scene.