About the show

Emma Pettemerides and Matt Reuben James Ward present Lullabies for Babies.

This is suitable for little ones aged up to eight but will appeal to all ages.

In this storytelling you will meet Joey in “Joey’s Dream”. Your little ones will be transported on a journey to lands near and far in this tale of discovery accompanied by beautiful musical moments from classical repertoire, folk tunes and lullabies.

“Once upon a time there came this small book,
Each page a new tale. Come with me take a look,
Into fairy-tale forests and magical lands.
Where my words forge new pathways over hills and through sands.
For the best thing about this story I’d say,
Is how it follows your dreams in a curious way”

Lullabies for Babies has been specially created to encourage quiet, dreaming time connecting stories of rhyme, rhythm and repetition to support young brain development with beautiful unaccompanied voices.

Available on the opera website from 18 May 2020. Listen for free and re-play as many times as your little ones like.



Matt Reuben James Ward

Matt was raised in regional Western Australia and went on to study at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Opera/ Music Theatre) and the Royal College of Music London (Master of Performance, RCM Yvonne Wells Award). Matt leads a career as an operatic tenor and director.

Notable credits include the Messenger in Stephen Fry’s Life to Come (Britten Theatre, London), Western Union Boy in English Touring Opera’s Olivier Award Winning Paul Bunyan (Linbury Studio Theatre Royal Opera House Covent Garden, UK tour), Giacomo in L’assedio di Calais (Armel Operafesztivál Budapest, Arte TV live broadcast, ETO), Frantz in Tales of Hoffmann (ETO, UK tour), Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte (Mid Wales Opera), Borsa in Rigoletto (Opera Project), Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio (Charles Court Opera London). For WAO Matt has performed the Beadle in Sweeney Todd, School Master in The Cunning Little Vixen, Mercury in Orpheus in the Underworld and Remendado in Carmen.

As a director, Matt has worked on Hansel & Gretel Re-imagined and Opera in the Park both for WAO, Pilgrims of the Sea, Drift, By Other Eyes, My Family Holiday, Breathe and Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions.

Emma Pettemerides

A graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music, Emma has performed a wide variety of roles including; Valencienne The Merry Widow, Laurey Oklahoma, Carlotta Phantom of the Opera, Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro, Leila Manifest Destiny, May- Queen Merrie England, Annio La Clemenza di Tito, Lisa La Sonnambula, Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten), Elena Paride ed Elena, Susan A Dinner Engagement, Rose Street Scene, and La Musica L’Orfeo. Emma made her debut as a principal with West Australian Opera in2017 as Valencienne in The Merry Widow. Other performances with the company include; Lucia di Lammermoor, The Pearl Fishers, Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute,Otello, La Boheme, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Götterdammerung, Carmina Burana and the world premiere of Nostradamus. She has also performed in productions of La Belle Helene, The Threepenny Opera, Cosi Fan Tutte, and Susannah (Floyd). She has been a regular performer for the West Australian Opera outreach program and is an ambassador for Healthway’ Smarter than Smoking campaign. Emma is a regular soloist for local companies Perth Symphony Orchestra and Freeze Frame Opera and recently performed as a soloist for the Vienna Pops and Best of British at the Perth Concert Hall. Her performance highlight to date is singing for the late Dame Joan Sutherland’s 80th birthday in her presence.


Written by Matt Reuben James Ward
Performed by Emma Pettemerides and Matt Reuben James Ward
Incidental music composed by Jonathan Brain
Sound engineering by Jeremy Turner
Music by Johannes Brahms, George Frederick Handel, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Aaron Copland, Claudio Monteverdi, Carl Orff and Hayden Wood.