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.


Brad's Blog


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.




Lovely read in this months @limelightmagazine with our #TheMerryWidow director and choreographer, Graeme Murphy #waopera #celebrating50years ... See MoreSee Less

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Wesfarmers Arts Singing Workshops have commenced and our Head of Music, Thomas Johnson and tenor Perry Joyce have been having great fun sharing their passion with so many new voices! Last night saw soprano and one of The Merry Widow's principal cast members Penny Shaw drop in and share her knowledge with both our beginner and intermediate participants. To find out more visit waopera.asn.au/wesfarmers-arts-singing-workshops/ ... See MoreSee Less

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We are very excited for Antoinette Halloran as one of The Helpmann Awards nominees for Best Female Performer in an Opera for West Australian Opera's 2017 season of TOSCA! ... See MoreSee Less

And the Nominees are… Get your tickets to the Helpmann Awards Ceremony now Via Ticketmaster: bit.ly/2oNyFGJ Ceremony Broadcast live on Foxtel Arts. #Helpmanns West Australian Opera Opera Aus...

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Celebrating 50 Years of Telling Stories: Helen Carroll, Manager of Wesfarmers Arts, our principal partner, shares her favourite West Australian Opera memories. Share your memory with us at www.waopera.asn.au/telling-stories #waopera #celebrating50years #tellingstories #wesfarmersarts ... See MoreSee Less

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Fantastic afternoon with our @wesfarmersarts young artists #waopera #celebrating50years #wesfarmersarts ... See MoreSee Less

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