Media Releases



The Divorce

20 Jul 2015
The Opera Conference is delighted to announce that production is underway in Melbourne on The Divorce. The program is a unique multi-platform project that re-invents opera for television, film and online audiences across the country. Originally commissioned by The Opera Conference, this playful new approach to a traditional art form is a collaboration between The Opera Conference, ABC TV Arts and Princess Pictures and brings together exceptional creative talent from multiple genres.

Stellar Cast Joins ABC TV’s Innovative New Show The Divorce

19 Jun 2015
ABC TV is pleased to announce that production is underway in Melbourne on The Divorce, a contemporary comedic opera written and designed especially for the screen. The Divorce features an impressive ensemble of stars from stage and screen: Lisa McCune, Marina Prior, Hugh Sheridan, Kate Miller-Heidke, John O’May, Matthew McFarlane, Melissa Madden-Gray and Peter Cousens.
MARRIAGE of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro – Cast Change

8 Jun 2015
Due to an unforseen health issue which requires a period of rest, Emma Matthews has regrettably had to withdraw from her engagements with West Australian Opera (The Marriage of Figaro).
Sam Robert Smith


23 May 2015
West Australian Opera announced mezzo soprano Ileana Rinaldi and baritone Sam Robert-Smith as the company’s 2015 Mentored Artists. The Mentored Artist program has been created to assist the continued development of young artists at a turning point in their development.

Jan Stewart and Mario D’Orazio appointed to the board of West Australian Opera

30 Apr 2015
West Australian Opera Chairman Terry Bowen announced the appointment of two new board directors following the Annual General Meeting of West Australian Opera held on Wednesday 29 April.
Channel Seven


13 Mar 2015
West Australian Opera announces Channel Seven Perth as Media Partner.
Qantas Thumb Nail


4 Feb 2015
West Australian Opera is very proud to announce that Qantas is the Official Airline Partner of the state opera company. The partnership will facilitate West Australian Opera in bringing artists to Western Australia.
West Australian Opera Artistic Director Brad Cohen Photo Credit Perou

West Australian Opera Announces New Artistic Director

30 Jan 2015
The Board of West Australian Opera today announced the appointment of Brad Cohen as Artistic Director.West Australian Opera Chairman Terry Bowen said he was delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Cohen who would bring extensive local and international experience to the role, a strong involvement in the commissioning and performance of new music, and direct experience of contemporary opera presentation platforms including television.
City of Perth's Opera in the Park

City of Perth’s Opera in the Park – The Barber of Seville

28 Jan 2015
City of Perth’s much anticipated Opera in the Park will be presented on Friday 6 March in Supreme Court Gardens. Rossini’s comic masterpiece The Barber of Seville is presented in association with West Australian Opera, Lotterywest and Healthway (with the message alcohol.think.again).
2015 HERO WAO  (2)

West Australian Opera 2015 Season

23 Dec 2014
The West Australian Opera 2015 Season will deliver an excitingly diverse program enhanced by a range of partnerships developed by the company across a number of years. West Australian Opera is justifiably proud of its history of successful collaboration with other companies, with Opera Conference and with the Perth International Arts Festival and this collaborative spirit continues in 2015.


Media Coverage


Madama Butterfly

ABC Arts, 28 February, 2015

Daily Review, 27 February, 2015

The West Australian, 26 February, 2015


The Rabbits

The West Australian, 16 February, 2015

ABC Arts, 16 February, 2015

Perthnow, 16 February, 2015


West Australian Opera announces Artistic Director Brad Cohen

The West Australian, 4 February, 2015

The West Australian, 30 January, 2015

PerthNow, 30 January, 2015

Limelight, 30 January, 2015


Star Navigator

The West Australian, 7 January, 2015


The Magic Flute Interviews

Community News & Alexander Lewis, 30 June 2014

The West & Daniel Sumegi, 2 July 2014


The Magic Flute Reviews

The West Australian, 17 July 2014

Australian Stage, 19 July 2014

Stage Whispers, 19 July 2014

Out in Perth. 17 July 2014

100% Rock, 16 July 2014

WA Today, 21 July 2014


New Chairman for West Australian Opera

The West Australian, 1 May 2014



The West Australian, 26 April 2014



The West Australian, 6 February 2014


2014 West Australian Opera Season

The West Australian, 16 October 2013


La Boheme

The Sunday Times, 13 October 2013

The Post, 2 November 2013


Don Giovanni

The West Australian, 18 July 2013


La Traviata

The West Australian, 11 April, 2013


EDM Archive

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West Australian Opera January Newsletter

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