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About WAO

HISTORY

BACKGROUND

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.

PRODUCTION

West Australian Opera presents a season of operas in His Majesty’s Theatre each year as well as Opera in the Park to approximately 15,000 people in Supreme Court Gardens and simulcast live throughout the state.

TOURING AND COMMUNITY EVENTS

West Australian Opera is committed to taking the art form to as many people in Western Australia as possible through the touring of small scale work to regional Western Australia and the participation of the company in community events.

EDUCATION

West Australian Opera provides comprehensive support for students and teachers to all its programs. We recognise the place West Australian Opera occupies in the study of music in Western Australia and we work to offer the best possible experience for students.

 

YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM

We continue to identify and develop young and emerging artists and provide training, advice and a creative pathway into the Company. We work with established artists locally, nationally and internationally to provide opportunities for creativity and career advancement.

CONDUCTOR
Brad Cohen

DIRECTOR
Michael Gow

SET & COSTUME DESIGNER
Robert Kemp

LIGHTING DESIGNER
Matt Scott

FIGHT & MOVEMENT COORDINATOR
Scott Wit

LEILA
Emma Matthews

NADIR
John Longmuir

NOURABAD
Wade Kernot

ZURGA
Sam Roberts-Smith

DURATION
135 minutes
One Interval

This production was commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies.

LISTEN

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