Media Releases


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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).
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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.
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.
Tosca Opera in the park


10 Dec 2013
City of Perth continues its annual presentations of Opera in the Park in an association with West Australian Opera that now extends over two decades. In 2014, one of Puccini’s greatest operas, Tosca, will be performed against the backdrop of Perth’s beautiful skyline.


12 Nov 2013
The West Australian Opera’s contribution to the Perth International Arts Festival program for 2014 will be epic in all respects: Verdi’s powerfully dramatic opera, Otello, presented through a tri-national, coproduction involving six opera companies from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. This operatic masterwork has not been performed in Perth previously; and is an ideal production to open the 2014 Festival.
Opera in Education

ACCESS ALL ARIAS Opera in Education

24 Jan 2013
West Australian Opera is proud to announce Access All Arias, the opera in education program for 2013. Terasa Letizia, Education Coordinator, offers five opportunities for students to discover how an opera company works and experience the joy and excitement of opera.


Media Coverage


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 December Newsletter

West Australian Opera January Newsletter