Ihitai ‘Avei’a (Star Navigator)


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.

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A beautiful and haunting new work by Tim Finn OBE that will lift you up to the stars as you journey with two master mariners.

This season is subject to COVID-19 restrictions. To book as part of an opera package (2 or more operas) click here


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 1769 meeting of two master mariners, each from a vastly different place and culture, both proud of their knowledge and unwavering in their ambition.

The opera delves into the minds of these two navigators of genius and the gulf of belief that, despite their common love of the sea and thirst for exploration, stops them from finding their way into each other’s world. Set sail on this journey and let the music lift you up to the stars. 


Bendat Family Foundation presents IHITAI 'AVEI'A (STAR NAVIGATOR), a new work composed by Tim Finn OBE with Tahitian monologues by Celestine Hitiura Vaite. Originally commissioned by West Australian Opera, New Zealand Opera and Victorian Opera and supported by the State Government of Western Australia.


Composer and Lyricist* Tim Finn OBE
Conductor Christopher van Tuinen
Tim Finn OBE
Chorus Master Hugh Lydon
Repetiteur Adrian Soares
Arrangement and Additional Music Tom McLeod

James Cook Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Tupaia Amitai Pati
Purea Natasha Te Rupe Wilson
Narrator / Tahitian Monologist Célestine Hitiura Vaite
Teata Josiah Nielsen

*Additional lyrics by Gary Henderson


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 Box Office on (08) 9231 9999 

His Majesty’s Theatre 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.
  • Distanced markers for queuing.
  • Use of the WA Government's SafeWA digital contact register system. For more information please click HERE.

A digital program for Ihitai 'Avei'a (Star Navigator) will be available to view for free on the WAO website in advance, so if you’d like to read it before the performance, you’ll be able to do so.

We are taking every measure possible to ensure audience safety, so printed programs will not be available at the performances. 

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
Language/sub-title available in english

Dates & Times

DURATION 1hr 20min with no interval
13 August, 2021 Friday - 7.30pm


Perth Concert Hall

5 St Georges Terrace, Perth

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