History

 

BACKGROUND

West Australian Opera was established in 1967 and celebrated its 46th anniversary in 2013. 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 eight directors, chaired by Terry Bowen. The Artistic Director is Joseph Colaneri and the General Manager is Carolyn Chard. The company receives its income from federal and state funding, box office revenue, donations and sponsorship.

 

PRODUCTIONS

West Australian Opera presents three 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.

 

TOURING AND COMMUNITY EVENTS

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.

 

EDUCATION

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.

 

YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM

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.

 

Vision

 

We will enrich the cultural landscape by presenting high quality opera and be a source of pride for West Australians.

 

Goals

 

The four key goals include:

 

1. Sustainability

As custodians of the art form we will present, sustain, develop and ensure the long-term viability of opera.

 

2. Community Engagement

We will engage and inspire West Australians, develop and retain audiences, and ensure relevancy.

 

3. Artistic Vibrancy

We will present the standard repertoire and develop the art form while increasing artistic vibrancy.

 

4. Integrity

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.