West Australian Opera's 2021 production of The Barber of Seville. Image by James Rogers.
West Australian Opera was established in 1967 and has been Western Australia’s only full-time, professional opera company for over 50 years.
West Australian Opera presents operas drawn from the mainstream operatic repertoire and is involved in the commissioning and development of new work. The company offers an annual subscription season of main stage productions as well as operatic events in metropolitan and regional Western Australia. The company has a strong education and community program, including Wesfarmers Arts Singing Classes, library events, school excursions and incursions, makeup workshops and behind-the-scenes opportunities.
It is an incorporated association with a board of nine directors, chaired by Andrew Pascoe. The Executive Director is Carolyn Chard AM and the Artistic Director is Christopher van Tuinen.