West Australian Opera's 2017 production of The Merry Widow. Photo 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.
The company presents operas drawn from the mainstream operatic repertoire and is involved in the commissioning and development of new work. West Australian Opera 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 eight directors, chaired by Andrew Pascoe. The Executive Director is Carolyn Chard AM and the Artistic Director is Chris van Tuinen.