West Australian Opera was established in 1967 and has been Western Australia’s only full-time, professional opera company for over 53 years.
West Australian Opera seeks to speak to the heart through the human voice. We want to share the joy of music through opera and the powerful stories opera tells. It is magic. It is beautiful. It touches souls and minds and we have a dream for its future.
We want to be part of the audience engagement experience in schools, homes, communities, regions, and the traditional environment of the theatre.
We are uniquely and proudly Western Australian. We present world-class, diverse, innovative works that bring audiences and artists together to celebrate sung stories that are relevant to our people, time, and places.
We foster innovation, collaboration, sustainability, and the development of the art form.
We have a proud history of presenting opera in Western Australia since 1967. We are excited to continue the tradition of the artform as well as presenting opera in new and different ways
We are an incorporated association with a board of eight directors, chaired by Andrew Pascoe. The Executive Director is Carolyn Chard AM and the Music Director is Chris van Tuinen.
West Australian Opera acknowledges the Aboriginal peoples of Western Australia as the traditional custodians of this land, and we pay our respects to their Elders past and present.