With the announcement on 23 July 2021 that the New Zealand Government has suspended the travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia, artists including the composer Mr Tim Finn OBE, are unable to be in Perth at the scheduled time.

As a result, Ihitai ‘Avei’a (Star Navigator), which was to be presented on Friday 13 August at Perth Concert Hall, has been cancelled.

Ticket holders will be contacted to arrange refunds.

COVID19 UPDATES refer here for New Zealand Government and here for Australian Government.



West Australian Opera acknowledges we're working in a COVID19 environment, in line with Government roadmaps and directives. This means our performances may be staged at varying capacities with revised seating maps in place in order to keep audiences safe. We also understand we may have to change or cancel plans rapidly and if we do so, our audiences will be communicated to as soon as possible.

We appreciate your understanding as we continue to navigate this together. 

"The arts need you … and you need the arts. People in the arts are driven by creativity. It’s our passion and our purpose. What we do matters because the arts matter and when we can’t do our job it hurts financially, artistically, emotionally.

I’m reminded of Verdi’s quote “I adore art… when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear.” - Carolyn Chard AM, Executive Director, West Australian Opera 




We have a full program for 2021 (visit the What's On page to learn more) and we will do our best to stage all performances. In the event things change, patrons will be notified as soon as possible. 

If you have queries about a specific performance, please email [email protected] 

In accordance with the LPA Ticketing Code of Practice, we will be providing patrons to cancelled performances with refunds. You will be contacted by the Box Office to arrange a refund. 

Please do not attend a live performance if you are unwell. As an interim COVID-19 measure if you are unwell, please contact [email protected] prior to the performance to discuss your options with us. Your options include ticket exchanges or a refund.

West Australian Opera has implemented measures to ensure the safety of patrons across all WAO performances. These include:

  • The completion of a COVID-19 safety plan.
  • Hand sanitiser stations available.
  • Frequent deep cleaning regimes across all areas of the venue.
  • COVID-19 safety trained staff in all areas.
  • Mandatory contact tracing via SafeWA App or manual registrations. 

Under the COVID-19 conditions, the theatre is able to operate at 100% capacity.