time & dates

28 Mar, 2020



About the show

WAO is following the Australian Government’s directive that all organised, non-essential gatherings of 500 people or more should not proceed in order to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and we are being cautious with smaller gatherings too.

West Australian Opera has cancelled the following:
• Star Navigator, 28 March, Perth Concert Hall

For more information visit www.waopera.asn.au/blog

Based on the true story of Tupaia, a Tahitian star navigator who sailed with James Cook on the Endeavour, this beautiful and haunting work explores the 1770 meeting of two master mariners. Each is from a vastly different place and culture. As they journey together the understanding they develop highlights not only their differences but shared terror, love of the sea and the worlds around them.

Star Navigator is a new work by Tim Finn OBE originally commissioned by West Australian Opera, New Zealand Opera and Victorian Opera supported by the state government of Western Australia.

This landmark event will be presented as a staged concert featuring international soloists with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere performance.



Composer and Lyricist* Tim Finn
Conductor Christopher van Tuinen
Arrangement & Additional Music Tom McLeod
Tahitian Monologist Célestine Hitiura Vaite

James Cook James Clayton
Tupaia Ta’u Pupu’a
Purea Marlena Devoe
Narrator Célestine Hitiura Vaite
Translation by Ena Manuireva

WASO Chorus

* Additional lyrics by Gary Henderson


Perth Concert Hall

5 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000

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