West Australian Opera was established in 1967 and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017. It is Western Australia’s only full-time, professional opera company. The company presents operas drawn from the mainstream operatic repertoire and increasingly is involved in the commissioning and development of new repertoire.

The company offers an annual subscription season of main stage productions as well as programs in regional Western Australia and a strong education program and ancillary activities, including concerts and community events in Western Australia. It is an incorporated association with a board of seven directors, chaired by Terry Bowen. The General Manager is Carolyn Chard and the Artistic Director is Brad Cohen. The company receives its income from federal and state funding, box office revenue, donations and sponsorship.


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In Bizet’s first masterpiece, The Pearl Fishers (Les pêcheurs de perles), three people are linked by conflicting bonds of loyalty and attraction. When the friends betray each other their world is rocked to its foundation. We hear the heart sing its secret songs in this production directed by renowned playwright Michael Gow and conducted by Brad Cohen.


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Opera in 1860s Paris was both highly regulated and strictly segmented. Firstly, there was what Verdi called The Big Shop: the Opéra, where spectacular operas were performed, and where reputations and fortunes could be made. Verdi and Wagner, Donizetti and Meyerbeer all launched themselves at this barricade, with varying success.




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We are now bumping out the amazing season that was The Merry Widow, none of which would be possible without this fantastic backstage crew! Thank you all so much ... See MoreSee Less

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CLOSING NIGHT – 50TH BIRTHDAY WIDOW! Thank you to everyone who attended this season and to all who worked on this new Opera Conference production of THE MERRY WIDOW by Graeme Murphy with creative associate Janet Vernon, assistant director Shane Placentino, designed by Michael-Scott Mitchell, with assistants to set designer Isabel Hudson and Charles David, costume designer Jennifer Irwin, lighting designer Damien Cooper. Thank you Vanessa Scammell, Taryn Fiebig, Alexander Lewis, Emma Pettermerides, John Longmuir, Andrew Foote, Michael Loney, Sam Roberts-Smith, Jonathan Brain, Thomas Friberg, Harriet O’Shannessy, Mark Hurst, Penny Shaw, Mark Alderson, Ileana Rinaldi, Thomas Johnson and Ladies and Gentlemen of the West Australian Opera Chorus, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Tommaso Pollio, Mandy Farmer and her stage management and production teams, His Majesty’s Theatre staff and crew and grateful thanks to my hardworking staff. Thanks everyone, Carolyn Chard, General Manager. ... See MoreSee Less

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