West Australian Opera was established in 1967 and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017. It is Western Australia’s only full-time, professional opera company. The company presents operas drawn from the mainstream operatic repertoire and increasingly is involved in the commissioning and development of new repertoire.

The company offers an annual subscription season of main stage productions as well as programs in regional Western Australia and a strong education program and ancillary activities, including concerts and community events in Western Australia. It is an incorporated association with a board of seven directors, chaired by Terry Bowen. The General Manager is Carolyn Chard and the Artistic Director is Brad Cohen. The company receives its income from federal and state funding, box office revenue, donations and sponsorship.


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In Bizet’s first masterpiece, The Pearl Fishers (Les pêcheurs de perles), three people are linked by conflicting bonds of loyalty and attraction. When the friends betray each other their world is rocked to its foundation. We hear the heart sing its secret songs in this production directed by renowned playwright Michael Gow and conducted by Brad Cohen.


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Opera in 1860s Paris was both highly regulated and strictly segmented. Firstly, there was what Verdi called The Big Shop: the Opéra, where spectacular operas were performed, and where reputations and fortunes could be made. Verdi and Wagner, Donizetti and Meyerbeer all launched themselves at this barricade, with varying success.




Wonderful afternoon in concert with Paul O'Neill & Mark Coughlan. Thanks also to Rebecca Bunn, Fleuranne Brockway and Lachlann Lawton #waopera #celebrating50years ... See MoreSee Less

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This SUNDAY 28 May | Paul O'Neill in Concert
Join Paul O'Neill (tenor) for his much anticipated Ballroom debut recital where he will present a popular program with pianist Mark Coughlan and West Australian Opera Wesfarmers Arts Young Artists, Rebecca Bunn (soprano) and Fleuranne Brockway (mezzo soprano).

4pm Government House Ballroom
Tickets only $35. Book here bit.ly/2osAdSj
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Enjoy an afternoon at the opera! Purchase a ticket to The Merry Widow matinee (Weds 19 July) and ADD ON a Devonshire Tea experience pre show for only $10 per person.

BOOK HERE bit.ly/2rPbGJ0
Devonshire Tea at 12.30pm
Performance at 2.00pm
His Majesty's Theatre, Perth
Part proceeds from all 'The Merry Widow' ticket sales support Telethon.
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Wesfarmers Arts Singing Workshops are back at WAO!
Join us for weekly classes on Monday evenings at His Majesty's Theatre, Perth
Beginners: 6.00pm - 7.15pm (No experience necessary)
Intermediate: 7.30pm - 8.45pm (For those singers who would like a challenge in a relaxed & fun environment)

Led by West Australian Opera's Head of Music Thomas Johnson, Tenor Perry Joyce and with special guests be sure to book in now. Places are limited. Book at www.waopera.asn.au/wesfarmers-arts-singing-workshops/
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