WAO Podcast Series

Tune in for the WAO Podcast series hosted by Music Director Chris van Tuinen. Each month Chris will welcome special guests to discuss all things opera; from ‘behind the scenes’ moments to ‘meet the artists’ spotlights.

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West Australian Opera invites you to join the WAO Podcast series hosted by Music Director Chris van Tuinen. Each month Chris will welcome special guests to discuss all things opera; from ‘behind the scenes’ moments to ‘meet the artists’ spotlights.

We release a podcast every month to WAO’s website and social media platforms. 

February Podcast 2021 - Tales from Two Baritones

This month's podcast 'Tales from Two Baritones' features baritones Michael Lewis and Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist Lachlann Lawton. Bringing unique perspectives from different points in their lives, the artists discuss the challenges facing emerging talent and what is required to create a sustainable career. Tune into 'Tales from Two Baritones' with Chris van Tuinen and peek behind the curtain at the trials and triumphs of these incredible voices. 

January Podcast 2021 - Storytelling through Song

This month's podcast 'Storytelling through Song' features award-winning musicians Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse. With the development phase for the Wesfarmers Arts commission Koolbardi wer Wardong well underway, the composers discuss the importance of preserving language and stories for future generations to come. Tune into 'Storytelling through Song' with Chris van Tuinen and learn more about this enchanting new production.

December Podcast - 2021 Season Launch
This month’s podcast ‘2021 Season Launch' features Patrick Nolan, Artistic Director and CEO of Opera Queensland, and Tim Finn, musician, composer and lyricist. In this podcast we discuss the colourful tales of humour, hope and passion brought to life in our upcoming season. Tune in to '2021 Season Launch' with Chris van Tuinen and prepare to colour your world with opera.

November Podcast - Reaching our Community
This month’s podcast ‘Reaching our Community' features West Australian Opera's Education Manager, Terasa Letizia. As we prepare for our Regional Tour later this month to Mandurah, Albany and Walpole, we discuss the importance of reaching the wider community in schools, in regional WA and even in an online environment. At WAO we believe it is important that everyone has access to this incredible artform. Tune into 'Reaching our Community' with Chris van Tuinen and learn about our wonderful education and outreach program.

October Podcast - The Opera Lives On
This month’s podcast The Opera Lives On' features Assistant Director of our upcoming production of Cosi fan tutte, Margrete Helgeby Chaney. In this podcast we discuss the process of reviving productions by using a new group of singers, new conductor, new stage crew and in this case in a completely different hemisphere. Tune into 'The Opera Lives On' with Chris van Tuinen.  

September Podcast - The Making of The Nightingale
This month’s podcast The Making of The Nightingale' features Director and Designer Matt Reuben James Ward and Movement Director Alice Kell (Co3 Contemporary Dance). In this podcast we discuss the making of our upcoming production The Nightingale, an opera for young people by young people. Tune into 'The Making of The Nightingale' with Chris van Tuinen.  

August Podcast - Back on Stage
This month’s podcast ‘Back on Stage' features Soprano Prudence Sanders and Mezzo-soprano Brigitte Heuser. In this podcast we discuss the emergence of WAO being back on stage and what it was like to perform in front of a live audience again. Tune into 'Back on Stage' with Chris van Tuinen.

July Podcast - Behind the Scenes of The Telephone
This month’s podcast ‘Behind the Scenes of The Telephone' features Director Katt Osborne and Film Director Sean Finney. In this podcast we unpack the differences of live theatre and film and how WAO's first ever digital production The Telephone, came together. Tune into 'Behind the Scenes of The Telephone' with Chris van Tuinen.

June Podcast – Meet the Young Artists – Part Two
This month’s podcast ‘Meet the Young Artists – Part two’ features Wesfarmers Arts Young Artists Leanne Puttick (conductor) and Adrian Soares (repetiteur) and we welcome back co-host Helen Carroll, Manager Wesfarmers Arts. Get to know our Young Artists and learn how the roles of conductor and repetiteur form an integral part of the unseen artistic process, taking opera from studio to stage. From their aspirations to what they are working on, tune into ‘Meet the Young Artists – Part Two’ with Chris van Tuinen.

May Podcast - Meet the Young Artists
This month’s podcast ‘Meet the Young Artists’ features Wesfarmers Arts Young Artists Brianna Louwen and Chelsea Kluga and is co-hosted by Helen Carroll, Manager Wesfarmers Arts. Get to know our Young Artists and what led them to opera. From their aspirations and goals to what they are working on, tune into ‘Meet the Young Artists’ with Chris van Tuinen.

April Podcast - Life is an Opera
This month's podcast 'Life is an Opera' features Patrick Nolan, Artistic Director and CEO of Opera Queensland and Stuart Maunder, Artistic Director of State Opera South Australia, talking about the current environment and what it means for opera companies across the globe. From opera moments we can relish in to new opportunities in the digital space, tune in to 'Life is an Opera' with Chris van Tuinen.