The Bendat Family Foundation presents Elijah in association with The University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music.

Mr Lachlann Lawton will sing the role of Elijah in this evening’s performance

This immersive music event will transport you through the prophet Elijah's magnificent story of faith, doubt and miracles.

This season is subject to COVID-19 restrictions. 


Prepare to be moved by enchanting voices and powerful melody in a season that harnesses the next generation of Western Australian talent. Winthrop Hall will resonate with the wonderful sounds of over 150 student performers in collaboration with West Australian Opera principal artists singing from the stage, galleries and central floor in this immersive music event.

Mendelssohn’s heroic work Elijah is an opera in disguise, an Old Testament story that has been performed countless times as a sacred oratorio. Come on the journey through the prophet Elijah’s magnificent story of faith, doubt and miracles.

West Australian Opera is proud to collaborate with the UWA Conservatorium of Music to bring this spectacular gem to life with performances from UWA Symphony Orchestra and UWA Symphonic Chorus.

The audience will be seated in the round and places are limited so please book early for this gem!


Behind the scenes

Journey behind the scenes with UWA staff, students and our Artistic Director Chris van Tuinen to learn more about this amazing collaborative project. 


Conductor Christopher van Tuinen
Director Margrete Helgeby Chaney (based on a concept by Patrick Nolan)
Lighting Designer Mark Howett

Soprano Lisa Harper-Brown
Mezzo soprano Chelsea Kluga
Tenor Paul O'Neill
Elijah Lachlann Lawton

UWA Symphonic Chorus
UWA Symphony Orchestra
WAO Chorus
Repetiteur Adrian Soares



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You can view the program on the night via your smartphone. There will be QR codes available at Winthrop Hall. When you scan the QR code with your smartphone camera, the program will load. 

Please review our handy FAQs HERE

Under current State Government COVID-19 restrictions, the venue is able to operate at 100% capacity.

We will endeavour to present this event however, we will be operating as per COVID-19 restrictions and conditions may change rapidly.

For more information please contact ticketsWA on (08) 6488 2440
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The University of Western Australia and West Australian Opera have COVID-19 Safety Policies in place to maintain your safety at the theatre. These efforts include:

  • The completion of a COVID safety plan.
  • Hand sanitiser stations readily available.
  • Ongoing frequent deep cleaning regimes across all areas of the venue.
  • COVID safety trained staff in all areas.
  • Use of the WA Government's SafeWA digital contact register system. For more information please click HERE

Parking is available at The University of Western Australia. The following car parks are located within close distance of Winthrop Hall:

  • Carpark 1, Mounts Bay Road (includes ACROD parking bays)
  • Carpark 3, Hackett Entrance 1, Hackett Drive (includes ACROD parking bays)
  • Carpark 17, Corner Fairway and Cooper Street

Click here to view the parking map

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. 

Event and ticketing details


Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

DURATION 2hr 20min including one interval
14 May, 2021 Friday - 7.30pm
15 May, 2021 Saturday - 7.30pm
16 May, 2021 Sunday - 7.30pm


Winthrop Hall

The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley

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