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.


Art changes lives! Supporting West Australian Opera’s young artists, artistic development, community and education programs can have a lifelong impact.

Giving to support the art forms we love can be a civic virtue, whether through bequests, gifts, donation or sponsorship.

The generosity of each and every supporter enables West Australian Opera to present and develop Australian artists, to reach out into communities, to put opera on the stage and with the power of our offering to enrich the cultural landscape of our State.

We invite you, if you are already a benefactor, to renew and perhaps increase your support of the value we provide. And, that if you have not yet given in support of our work, that you join our band of supporters. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible, and every gift will assist us our work.


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With the support of Lotterywest we are proud to broadcast City of Perth's Opera in the Park on Saturday 4 February to 10 regional communities including Albany, Broome, Busselton, Bunbury, Carnarvon, Espearance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Margaret River, Merredin
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Our Education Manager, Terasa Letizia, is at the ASME WA 2017 Summer School today. Stop by and say hello! Terasa would love to chat with you about our schools program and has some great offers and giveaways. Can't make it to the summer school? Contact Terasa education@waopera.asn.au or visit www.waopera.asn.au ... See MoreSee Less

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In 2017 we welcome back our Wesfarmers Arts Featured Artist TEDDY TAHU RHODES. Teddy will be performing at City of Perth's OPERA IN THE PARK on Saturday 4 Febraury and in West Australian Opera's season of Tosca as Baron Scarpia (28 March - 8 April)
Check our website for more details, performance dates and tickets www.waopera.asn.au
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We are excited to celebrate our 50th anniversary with the community at City of Perth's Opera in the Park 2017 | Saturday 4 February | Supreme Court Gardens. Here's one of the gorgeous arias you will hear in the concert: NESSUN DORMA from PUCCINI's TURANDOT

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MILESTONE MONDAY: A flashback from WAO's 1971 Die fledermaus by Strauss, pictured here onstage at His Majesty's Theatre, Perth. Conducted by G.Tintner, Directed by B.Crossley & Designed by S.Davies ... See MoreSee Less

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