Opera Stories


2015 Season

In 2015, West Australia Opera will present a year of landmark operas.


At His Majesty’s Theatre, we present Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (14 – 25 July) from Helpmann Award winning director Neil Armfield, featuring James Clayton as Figaro and Perth native Emma Matthews as Susanna. Followed by David McVicar’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden production of Gounod’s Faust (29 Oct – 7 Nov), starring American tenor Patrick O’Halloran as Faust, Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Méphistophélès and Natalie Aroyan as Marguerite.


In association with Perth International Arts Festival, we present the Australian exclusive of Anthony Minghella’s critically acclaimed Madama Butterfly and The Rabbits, composed by and featuring award-winning Australian vocalist Kate Miller-Heidke.


March 6 at Supreme Court Gardens, we present Rossini’s rollicking The Barber of Seville at City of Perth’s Opera in the Park, again featuring James Clayton as Figaro and Emma Matthews in the role of Rosina.


2015 subscriptions and single tickets on sale now from ticketek.com.au or call 1300 795 012.



Il Trovatore

West Australian Opera will conclude its 2014 Season on a high note with the presentation of Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi.  One of the most performed operas around the world, 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 including the famous Anvil Chorus which depicts gypsies striking their anvils singing the praises of hard work, wine and women.



30 October and 1, 4, 6 and 8 November

at 7.30pm

Conducted by Joseph Colaneri

Original Director Elke Neidhardt

Rehearsal Director Matthew Barclay

Designer Michael Scott Mitchell

Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper


Sung in Italian with English surtitles



Smarter than Smoking: An Intro to Opera


West Australian Opera and Healthway, promoting the Smarter than Smoking message, are pleased to launch this new video featuring two West Australian Opera artists, Emma Pettemerides, soprano and James Clayton, baritone. Emma and James give us an intro to opera singing and highlight the importance of a healthy body and lungs to their performance.


Remember, opera singers and anyone who’s serious about performing are always Smarter than Smoking. 


Visit http://www.smarterthansmoking.org.au 




Tosca, Opera in the Park 2014,


The last prop has been packed, and the set has been struck – The Magic Flute is over.  Take a moment to revisit our wonderful presentation of Tosca from February 2014 with this highlights video from City of Perth’s Opera in the Park. Douglas McNicol as Scarpia provides the dramatic soundtrack from the climax of Act 1.




The Magic Flute


As Sarastro, in West Australian Opera’s The Magic Flute, Daniel Sumegi displays the sonorous depth to his extraordinary voice, in great contrast to Milica Ilic’s stratospheric Queen of the Night. Daniel discusses some of the techniques used to create his booming bass sound, which is sure to thrill Perth audiences in the coming weeks!




The Queen of the Night aria reaches the highest note in any opera, a high F! Milica Ilic who sings this role in our upcoming production, shared a few of her secrets with Brad Cohen, conductor, and gives us a sneak peak demonstration in this video. You must agree, she really is amazing!




James Clayton, who plays Papageno in The Magic Flute talks about how he created the panpipes he will use in our production of The Magic Flute.





City of Perth – Winter Arts


West Australian Opera is proud to be a part of the City of Perth’s 2014 Winter Arts Festival with our production of The Magic Flute. Created to breath life into the city during the colder months, the festival is a great way be entertained. Wesfarmers Young Artists Sarah Guilmartin and Caitlin Cassidy were invited to take part in the filming of the two promotional videos below as they feature as First and Third Lady in The Magic Flute.





The Joy of Music


Early in 2014, West Australian Opera visited a group home of our charity partner Nulsen, an organisation that focuses on the care of people with profound intellectual and physical disabilities.  The performance by Wesfarmers Young Artists Sarah Guilmartin and Caitlin Cassidy, and West Australian Opera’s Artistic Director Joesph Colaneri brought immense joy to the residents.



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