West Australian Opera was established in 1967 and celebrated its 47th anniversary in 2014. 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.
West Australian Opera presents a season of operas in His Majesty’s Theatre each year as well as Opera in the Park to approximately 15,000 people in Supreme Court Gardens and simulcast live throughout the state.
West Australian Opera is committed to taking the art form to as many people in Western Australia as possible through the touring of small scale work to regional Western Australia and the participation of the company in community events.
West Australian Opera provides comprehensive support for students and teachers to all its programs. We recognise the place West Australian Opera occupies in the study of music in Western Australia and we work to offer the best possible experience for students.
We continue to identify and develop young and emerging artists and provide training, advice and a creative pathway into the Company. We work with established artists locally, nationally and internationally to provide opportunities for creativity and career advancement.
We will enrich the cultural landscape by presenting high quality opera and be a source of pride for West Australians.
The four key goals include:
As custodians of the art form we will present, sustain, develop and ensure the long-term viability of opera.
We will engage and inspire West Australians, develop and retain audiences, and ensure relevancy.
We will present the standard repertoire and develop the art form while increasing artistic vibrancy.
We will act with integrity and responsibility in all that we do and provide a safe and supportive environment within which each individual can produce their best work.