Media Releases


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.
Taputapuatea Marae. Photograph by Harper Finn

Star Navigator – A new work by Tim Finn OBE

10 Nov 2014
In a new collaboration, and a new model of joint commissioning, we are proud to announce that three Australasian opera companies West Australian Opera, Victorian Opera, and New Zealand Opera have come together to commission a new work from Tim Finn, OBE.
Il Trovatore

Il Trovatore

4 Sep 2014
West Australian Opera will conclude its 2014 Season on a high note with the presentation of Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi. Il Trovatore has it all: an arresting plot, high drama, trickery, ultimatums and betrayals - all intertwined with some of Verdi’s most soaring arias and inspiring choruses.
WAO - The Magic Flute - MR FINAL

The Magic Flute

21 Jul 2014
West Australian Opera will present The Magic Flute, one of the most elegant and charming operas written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This opera's wide ranging plot lines include drama, comedy, magic, tests of love and friendship.
Terry Bowen

New Chairman for West Australian Opera

2 May 2014
At its recent Annual General Meeting West Australian Opera announced Mr Terry Bowen, Finance Director of Wesfarmers Limited, as its new Chairman. Mr Bowen succeeds Warwick Hemsley who retires as Chairman after four years in the position but remains on the Board.
Opera in Albany


17 Apr 2014
In keeping with its commitment to regional Western Australia and the fostering of community engagement, West Australian Opera will travel to the Great Southern to present Opera in Albany, a series of performance events focusing on remembrance, school-based learning and the promotion of opera as a vibrant, living art-form.


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


West Australian Opera February Newsletter

West Australian Opera January Newsletter

West Australian Opera December Newsletter