General Manager’s Welcome


Growing our audiences and spreading the love of opera


As an Opera company we trade in human emotion. Our vision is to enrich the cultural landscape by presenting high quality opera and be a source of pride for West Australians. We celebrate 2015 with a year of love, presenting a season of operas that explore the many different facets of this most human of emotions.


Opera has a way of bringing people together and I am pleased that we are able to collaborate with the Perth International Arts Festival during Jonathan Holloway’s final festival to bring you the world renowned Anthony Minghella production of Madama Butterfly with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Opera Chorus, in a work which will only be presented in Australia at this festival and in His Majesty’s Theatre, the home of opera in this state.


In association with Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company, the Perth International Arts Festival will also present The Rabbits with a stellar creative team including Kate Miller-Heidke, Lally Katz and John Sheedy, based on the book written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan.


As we work toward the state opera company’s 50th anniversary year in 2017 we are laying the groundwork for a new commission in a partnership that includes New Zealand Opera and Victorian Opera. This ongoing pursuit of collaboration between Australian and international opera companies enables us to present new and exciting works to our audiences.


We appreciate the support of our donors and sponsors, particularly our Principal Partner Wesfarmers Arts, and I am pleased to announce a new partnership with Healthway for the next two years.


Growing our audiences and spreading the love of opera remains a key priority as we continue to strengthen our education program for metro and regional school students at primary and secondary levels. We revel in hearing young voices sing Verdi and Mozart as part of our school programs.


Our 2015 subscription will include Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro where deception, bribery and impersonations are all tools for the pursuit of love, and Gounod’s Faust where love and desire blur the boundaries between good and evil.


We have assembled great casts for each of these operas and we encourage you to subscribe and take advantage of the special subscriber add-on offers for Madama Butterfly and The Rabbits. I invite you to be part of the opera family by joining us on Facebook, signing up to the e-newsletter and checking out our website at


Carolyn Chard

General Manager