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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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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It's starting to look a lot like Christmas...#waopera ... See MoreSee Less

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Reflecting over the year that was. Here's a flashback from our first main stage season of 2016 - THE RIDERS, composed by Iain Grandage and based on the novel by Tim Winton. ... See MoreSee Less

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In 2017 our first mainstage season is Puccini's TOSCA! Maria Callas was well known for playing the role of Tosca, which also happened to be her first major role. Last week she would have celebrated her 93rd birthday. Here's a beautiful quote for your Thursday... ... See MoreSee Less

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Soprano Emma Matthews, who recently starred as Leila in The Pearl Fishers, will join Voyces for their final concert of 2016! Not to be missed.

16 December | 7.30pm
St Joesph's Subiaco
$35 standard | $20 concession
TICKETS and more INFO at www.voyces.com.au
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West Australian Opera invites boy trebles aged between 10 - 14 years to audition for the Children’s Chorus for Puccini’s Tosca.

Auditions will take place on Monday 23 January 2017 at West Australian Opera. For the audition, boys should prepare to sing a song of their choice, preferably from memory and in a classical style. Simple art songs, folk song arrangements or traditional music theatre pieces written for children are encouraged.

MORE INFORMATION visit www.waopera.asn.au/about-wao/auditions/
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