In 2022, West Australian Opera celebrates stories of hope, passion and purpose in a program that offers audiences a range of experiences. From opera at the company’s home at His Majesty’s Theatre to performing in iconic West Australian venues, Government House Ballroom and the WACA Ground.

West Australian Opera’s 2022 season will open with Bizet’s masterpiece Carmen performed in an arena spectacular at the WACA Ground complete with fully staged set, chorus, children’s chorus, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and pyrotechnics. Mezzo-soprano Ashlyn Tymms will play the titular character and lead an outstanding Western Australian cast including Paul O’Neill and Prudence Sanders. Carmen is presented in association with Perth Festival will be playing for two nights only from February 25-26.

In April, the company returns home to His Majesty’s Theatre for Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. This world premiere production is a collaboration between West Australian Opera and the vision impaired community of Perth, who have updated the libretto, and developed a moving production that tells the story from the blind heroine, Iolanta’s point of view. The title role will be sung by Western Australian soprano Elena Peroni.

In May, two diva sopranos, Emma Pettemerides and Naomi Johns, will face off in The Duel at Government House Ballroom. In this production audiences will get up close and personal in the surrounds of Government House Ballroom and enjoy an intimate dinner, which channels the 1786 standoff by composers Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Mozart.

In July, the company will stage a production new to Perth with Opera Queensland 1970’s setting of Puccini’s beloved Tosca. Soprano Maija Kovalesvka makes her West Australian Opera debut as the titular character.

Following from the success of The Nightingale and Koolbardi wer Wardong, West Australian Opera will present the third opera for young people in October with Our Little Inventor. An operatic retelling of author Sher Rill Ng’s beloved book of the same name, Our Little Inventor is a moving story about how some of the biggest and brightest ideas start from the smallest of places. This world premiere will charm young ones and those who are young at heart.

West Australian Opera will close out the season with a brand-new production of Verdi’s La traviata. Under the direction of Sarah Giles and featuring Samantha Clarke and Paul O’Neill as the star-crossed lovers, La traviata will delight opera lovers and new audiences.

Following the resounding success of its inaugural season, West Australian Opera are delighted to announce the regional tour of Koolbardi wer Wardong. The critically praised opera which follows the Nyitting story of how Koolbardi (the magpie) and Wardong (the crow) came to be, will be performed at Albany Entertainment Centre, Goldfields Arts Centre and Esperance Civic Centre in 2022