About the show

West Australian Opera is proud to present a digital adaptation of the short, one-act comic opera The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti.

The Telephone is the story of love at social distance, the allure of digital technology and the forgotten treasure of being present in moments that truly matter. The fantastic thing about opera is that it is timeless. Even though this work was created in 1940’s, it can be adapted to create a very relevant window to our current existence, all without touching the glorious music or melody.” said Chris van Tuinen.

This digital opera production will be released at 7.30pm Thursday 9 July on West Australian Opera’s Youtube Channel after which it will be available on demand. Register to receive the link straight to your inbox on Thursday 9th July

The Telephone


Music Director Chris van Tuinen
Director Katt Osborne
Set and Costume Designer Tyler Hill 
Lucy Chelsea Burns
Ben Lachlann Lawton


Lucy (Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist, Chelsea Burns) and Ben (Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist, Lachlann Lawton) are living together in their newly renovated suburban house. When Ben decides to propose to Lucy, a comedy of errors ensues as Ben fights for Lucy’s attention amidst her endless urgent and high stakes calls with all her friends. It’s 2020, and the telephone has been substituted for a glowing tablet, the zoom app and another day in isolation.


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