Young Leaders Circle

Presented in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills.

After a successful inaugural year, West Australian Opera and Herbert Smith Freehills are proud to launch year two of the Young Leaders Circle.

Members of the Young Leaders Circle will attend three exclusive events with notable Perth corporate leaders and network with other young business professionals who understand the value of the arts. Members will receive two A reserve tickets to West Australian Opera’s performance of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on July 18 2019, including a pre-show reception.

“Through West Australian Opera’s Young Leaders Circle, we hope to encourage the next generation of leaders to support our state’s artistic future. Opera is a unique art form that uses the unamplified human voice to tell stories – these stories are all enriched by the unique backgrounds we bring to this experience. As the Ambassador for the Young Leaders Circle, it would be my pleasure to welcome you and to encourage you to engage with the arts in Western Australia.” – Yannis Vrodos, Young Leaders Circle Ambassador and Herbert Smith Freehills.


Enriching yourself: How supporting the arts enriches the people who give

Young leaders Circle members will have the opportunity to meet West Australian Opera’s Music Director Chris van Tuinen at a dinner event. Hear from Chris about his career in the arts and personal experiences on the ways the arts can challenge, support and enrich our lives.

WHEN: 6pm Wednesday 22 May
WHERE: Herbert Smith Freehills


Enriching artists and arts organisations

To gain a deeper understanding of who is directly affected by arts philanthropy, join us for a lunch with Stuart Maunder, director of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Ben Mingay who sings the title role. Learn about the show and gain an insight into how philanthropic support enriches artists and artistic achievement.

WHEN: 12.30pm Thursday 4 July
WHERE: Herbert Smith Freehills


Enriching the community

Learn about what you can do and how you can plan for your future involvement in the arts. Join us for lunch and hear from special guest speaker Sam Walsh AO (Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts and former CEO Rio Tinto) about how supporting and engaging with the arts enriches our community.

WHEN: 12.30pm Wednesday 4 September
WHERE: Herbert Smith Freehills

For further information on registering or if you’d like to purchase a membership in instalments please contact:
Catherine Power, Development and Marketing Coordinator at or 08 9278 8905.


  • Access to high level corporate network (through membership events and attendance at WAO events) across various industries and sectors.
  • Opportunity for professional development through networking events.
  • Opportunity for personal development through increased understanding of philanthropic environment for the arts in Western Australia.
  • Opportunity to engage with state opera company amongst like-minded peers.
  • Opportunity to access special discounts, deals and invitations to other West Australian Opera events

Young Leaders Circle Form

  • Note: food will be served at each of the events.
  • Price: $ 500.00
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