The Nightingale

Albany Entertainment Centre and West Australian Opera present Imant Raminsh's The Nightingale.

Harnessing the next generation of Western Australian talent, this magical story will remind you of the beauty of nature and the power of friendship.

The Nightingale is an opera for young people, performed by young people, for all to enjoy.

"The Nightingale is the evidence (if we needed it) that we shouldn’t underestimate young musicians or young audiences. The expansive and collaborative vision behind this children’s opera has paid off in spades."
— Rosalind Appleby, Seesaw Magazine


Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, the opera tells of an Emperor who is enchanted by the singing of a nightingale. Hearing her wondrous singing in the forest, he demands that she be found and brought to him.

The Emperor convinces the nightingale to sing for him but when he is gifted a mechanical nightingale, he becomes obsessed with his new toy and the real nightingale flies away.

Struck down by illness and with his mechanical nightingale now broken, the Emperor begs the nightingale to return and sing for him again. She agrees, but on the condition that she is allowed to sing for all the people. 


The Nightingale in Albany is supported by Opera in the Regions Partner Minderoo Foundation and Playing WA. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Great Southern Children's Chorus is supported by Lotterywest. 

Originally presented in association with The AWESOME Festival, Co3 Contemporary Dance, WA Youth Orchestra and WA Young Voices. 


Conductor Leanne Puttick 
Director Matt Reuben James Ward
Lighting Designer Michael Rippon
Alice Kell
Guest Children's Chorus Master Neville Talbot
Repetiteur Adam Cook
Rehearsal Pianist Yi-Yun Loei 

Emperor Matthew Dixon
Kitchen Maid Brianna Louwen
Chief Counselor / Death Chelsea Kluga
The Nightingale Francesca Fenton

Great Southern Children's Chorus
Supported by Lotterywest

Albany Entertainment Centre 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 queueing. 
  • Use of the WA State Government's SafeWA digital contact register system. For more information please click HERE.

For more information about the venue please refer to the Albany Entertainment Centre website HERE

Event and ticketing details


Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

9 October, 2021 Saturday - 2.30pm, 6.30pm


Albany Entertainment Centre

2 Toll Place, Albany WA 6330

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