West Australian Opera and UWA Conservatorium of Music are proud to present the Artists In Conversation Series.

Join us as we connect key creatives and artists with UWA faculty members to explore the works in WAO 2022. Be treated to behind-the-scenes insights and thought-provoking conversation in an exciting series held on campus at the University of Western Australia.

This year's speakers will include: Katt Osborne, Zel Iscel, Christopher van Tuinen, and Emma Jayakumar.

These are free ticketed events. 


Artists In Conversation #3 - Our Little Inventor

Emma Jayakumar (Composer, Co-librettist) talks about writing a new opera, inspired by the book 'Our Little Inventor', about a girl who tackles climate change.

Thursday 8 September 2022 | Callaway Auditorium, UWA


Artists In Conversation #1 - Iolanta

Meet the adapters of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Katt Osborne (Director, Creative Development, Libretto) and Zel Iscel (Creative Development, Libretto), as they discuss access and disability in this world premiere production. 

Thursday 10 March 2022 | Callaway Auditorium, UWA

Artists In Conversation #2 - The Duel

Christopher van Tuinen (Conductor, WAO Artistic Director) introduces us to the not-so-light-hearted war of cultural identity that plays out between Mozart and Salieri in The Duel.

Thursday 21 April 2022 | Callaway Auditorium, UWA


Artists In Conversation #1 - Katt Osborne, Zel Iscel

Artists In Conversation #2 - Christopher van Tuinen

Artists In Conversation #3 - Emma Jayakumar

Parking is available at the University of Western Australia. The following carparks are located within close distance of the Callaway Auditorium:

  • Carpark 1, Mounts Bay Road (includes ACROD parking bays)
  • Carpark 2, Hackett Drive (includes ACROD parking bays)
  • Carpark 3, Hackett Entry 1, Hackett Drive (includes ACROD parking bays)

Please allow sufficient time to park as there may be other events on campus.

Click here to view the parking map.  

The University of Western Australia and West Australian Opera have COVID-19 Safety Policies in place to maintain your safety at this event. These efforts include:

  • Hand sanitiser stations readily available.
  • Ongoing frequent deep cleaning regimes across all areas of the venue.
  • COVID-19 safety trained staff in all areas.

For more information on COVID-19 safety at the venue please click HERE.

Please click HERE for the latest State Government COVID-19 updates.

West Australian Opera will continue to adhere to all State Government requirements in order to maintain the safety of our audiences, artists and staff.  

Event and ticketing details


Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

10 March, 2022 Thursday - 6.00pm Pre-Event Function, 6.30pm Event Commences
21 April, 2022 Thursday - 6.00pm Pre-Event Function, 6.30pm Event Commences
8 September, 2022 Thursday - 6.00pm Pre-Event Function, 6.30pm Event Commences


Callaway Auditorium

The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley

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