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Cancellations

16th March 2020 |

West Australian Opera is following the Australian Government’s directive that all organised, non-essential gatherings should not proceed in order to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

West Australian Opera has cancelled the following:

  • Star Navigator, 28 March, Perth Concert Hall
  • Opera in the Pinnacles, 4 April, Nambung National Park
  • Opera in Geraldton, 5 April, Queens Park Theatre
  • All school workshops
  • Community workshops
  • Wesfarmers Arts Singing Classes
  • Elijah, 8 – 10 May, Winthrop Hall
  • Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, 18 – 25 July, His Majesty’s Theatre

We are closely monitoring this situation and it is likely that there will be further cancellations. We will issue further updates as those decisions are made.

Ticket holders will be contacted by ticketing providers to arrange refunds.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our patrons and employees is always our priority. Thank you for your understanding and please take care of yourself and your communities.

Carolyn Chard AM, Executive Director, West Australian Opera said 
“These are extremely difficult times as we cancel performances but we urgently need to do what we can to flatten the curve. The health, safety and wellbeing of our patrons and employees is our priority.

But please remember how much we will need you, our stakeholders and audiences, our funders, our donors, sponsors and partners when our theatres reopen. We need you to see our shows. Go to the opera. Go to the theatre. Go to our concert halls. Support your arts community when we all recover from this.

The arts need you … and you need the arts. People in the arts are driven by creativity. It’s our passion and our purpose. What we do matters because the arts matter and when we can’t do our job it hurts financially, artistically, emotionally.

If you are isolating at home please engage with the arts; listen to music, read a book, dance, watch a film, stream an opera. Art has the power to connect us in difficult times. Look at the Italians singing in quarantine from their apartment balconies and think of the power of music to nurture the soul; I’m reminded of Verdi’s quote “I adore art… when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear.”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Federal advice around attending events?

  • Please refer here to the Australian Government regarding non-essential gatherings.

What does this mean for West Australian Opera events?

  • As a result of the Federal directive and for the safety of all artists, staff and patrons West Australian Opera has cancelled the following events:
    • Star Navigator, 28 March, Perth Concert Hall
    • Opera in the Pinnacles, 4 April, Nambung National Park
    • Opera in Geraldton, 5 April, Queens Park Theatre
    • All school workshops
    • Community workshops
    • Wesfarmers Arts Singing Classes
    • Elijah, 8-10 May, Winthrop Hall

Can I get a refund?

  • Yes, ticket holders will be contacted by the event ticketing agent in due course to arrange a refund
  • You are also invited to donate the value of your tickets to West Australian Opera. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
  • Please allow up to 25 business days for the refund to be processed. If you paid in cash or with other payment methods, Perth Theatre Trust’s box office team will contact you personally to organise your refund.
  • Any queries, please contact Danielle Barlow, Marketing Manager on [email protected] 

What about future West Australian Opera events?

  • West Australian Opera will continue to monitor this challenging and rapidly changing situation.
  • We will issue further updates for future performances as those decisions are made.
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