West Australian Opera 2022 Brochure

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MPOWERED, HOPEFUL, BOLD & DARING. A year that celebrates stories of passion and purpose, of courage and confidence, of hope and heroines. These are the stories of WAO 2022 and we welcome you to share in them, connect to them and be inspired by them.

WACA GROUND 7.30pm | 25 & 26 February

Summer nights in Perth set the stage for searing passions in Spain, as Carmen takes over the iconic WACA Ground. In a large scale outdoor arena spectacular, Bizet’s indisputable masterpiece, Carmen, is staged with all the trimmings, performed by over 150 singers and musicians. The historic cricket grounds, the scene of many epic conflicts, plays host to the loves, betrayals, celebrations and tragedies of one of opera’s greatest stories. Carmen is a bold, daring working class woman, living life as a free spirit. She sets her sights on Escamillo, inciting jealousy in her powerful lover Don José. Hatching a plan to end this epic love triangle and gain her freedom, will the fiery Carmen outsmart Don José or will her betrayal lead to shocking consequences? Australian singers bring to life this memorable story through arias such as the famous Habanera and the Toreador’s Song with tremendous local talent from the West Australian Opera Chorus, the WAO Children’s Chorus, featuring the next generation of rising stars, and the full might of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

CARMEN In association with Perth Festival

Carmen is supported by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund - an Australian Government initiative

Subject to COVID19 restrictions Cast online at waopera.asn.au COMPOSER Georges Bizet CONDUCTOR Dane Lam DIRECTOR Stuart Maunder AM VIDEO AND LIGHTING DESIGNER Sean McKernan FEATURING WAO Chorus WAO Children’s Chorus WASO LANGUAGE Sung in French with English surtitles. Dialogue in English. DURATION 3 hours including interval

HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE 7.30pm | 6, 7, 8, 9 April Subject to COVID19 restrictions Cast online at waopera.asn.au

Tchaikovsky’s last opera tells the tale of a beautiful woman who falls in love. At least, that’s all it should be about. Instead, we witness the story of a woman who is held captive, not by her blindness, but by the ignorance and assumptions of those around her. In a world premiere production, WAO has worked with the vision impaired community of Perth to update the libretto and develop a production that tells the story from Iolanta’s view. True to the sumptuous beauty of Tchaikovsky’s music, this season will have more than soaring voices and sweeping melodies. The production will take the audience on a journey to discover the lived experience of people with vision impairment, to see the world the way they see it, in a truly immersive event experience.


COMPOSER Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky CONDUCTOR Christopher van Tuinen CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT & LIBRETTO Katt Osborne & Zel Iscel SETTING OF LIBRETTO Lea Hayward DIRECTOR Katt Osborne SET & COSTUMES Tyler Hill LIGHTING DESIGNER Michael Rippon SOUND DESIGNER Jeremy Turner FEATURING WAO Chorus WASO LANGUAGE Sung in English with English surtitles DURATION 90 minutes, no interval

GOVERNMENT HOUSE BALLROOM 7pm | 12, 13, 14, 15 May Subject to COVID19 restrictions

Was this music’s greatest competition? In 1786 a standoff was held in one of the world’s most lavish palaces. Joseph II (Holy Roman Emperor) had set his tame composers a challenge, pitting the Italian opera style against the German ‘singspiel’. With both pieces performed on the same night, at stake was more than pride, the winner would be feted with commissions and patrons, the loser, fighting for scraps. In one corner, the established Antonio Salieri set an opera buffa entitled Prima la musica e poi le parole (First the Music, then the Words) and in the other corner the still upstart Wolfgang Mozart, flying the nationalistic flag with his comedy Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario). For this re-creation, we invite you to get up close and personal in the intimate surrounds of Government House Ballroom with stages at either end, dinner with your friends and a time machine back to the eighteenth century. Decide for yourself who wins – Mozart or Salieri?

THE DUEL In association with The University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music

Cast online at waopera.asn.au COMPOSERS

Mozart and Salieri LANGUAGE Sung in Italian and German with English surtitles SEATING Reserved table seating TICKETS Ticket price includes dinner and drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks) For more details visit waopera.asn.au FEATURING UWA Chamber Musicians

HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE 7.30pm | 14, 16, 19, 21, 23 July Subject to COVID19 restrictions Cast online at waopera.asn.au

What would you do for art? What would you do for love? Would you sacrifice your body and soul for the one you love? Would you risk torture and death over a cause and for the sake of friendship? How far can one person’s evil carry them before revenge strikes? Tosca asks all these questions in three acts of glorious music, driving the lovers Tosca and Cavaradossi into the clutches of Baron Scarpia in ever increasing circles of dramatic tension. In a beautiful new production from Opera Queensland, an extraordinary cast of Australian singers bring this masterpiece to life with a feast of singing to move the heart and transport the mind.


COMPOSER Giacomo Puccini DIRECTOR Patrick Nolan CONDUCTOR Rebecca Lang SET & COSTUMES Dale Ferguson LIGHTING DESIGNER Mark Howett FEATURING WAO Chorus WAO Children’s Chorus WASO LANGUAGE Sung in Italian with English surtitles DURATION 2 hours and 20 minutes including interval An Opera Queensland production first premiered on 13 June 2019 in Brisbane, Australia.

HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE 3pm & 6.30pm | 1 & 2 October Subject to COVID19 restrictions Cast online at waopera.asn.au

Our Little Inventor tells the story of Nell, a young girl from the countryside, who creates a machine to fix the pollution that is choking the big city. Despite her excitement at showing off her invention, the people in charge do not share her enthusiasm to save their environment. This is a tale for people of all ages to share together, incorporating gentle humour that touches upon themes of climate change, resilience, perseverance, and the importance of family and friends.


COMPOSER & CO-LIBRETTIST Emma Jayakumar ORIGINAL AUTHOR & CO-LIBRETTIST Sher Rill Ng CONDUCTOR Kate McNamara DIRECTOR Matt Reuben James Ward LANGUAGE Sung in English FEATURING West Australian Young Voices Western Australian Youth Orchestra Inspired by the book ‘Our Little Inventor’ by Sher Rill Ng, published by Allen and Unwin Publishers, 2019.

© Sher Rill Ng 2022

HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE 7.30pm | 20, 22, 25, 27, 29 October Subject to COVID19 restrictions

One of the greatest romances of all time sees the courtesan Violetta and the aristocratic Alfredo fall into a love that destroys them both. Set against the limits of society’s expectations, and driven by the demands of Alfredo’s father, she makes a decision to save him and sacrifice her love, and in doing so, pays the ultimate price. Party scenes and virtuosic singing contrast with moments of aching tenderness, constantly moving the action forward with endless melodic invention. Whether you’re a first timer or seasoned opera lover, La traviata never disappoints, reminding us that great story telling with great music is timeless. Verdi’s masterpiece is lovingly recreated in a brand-new production directed by Australian Sarah Giles and features an extraordinary cast of singers with Paul O’Neill and introducing Samantha Clarke in her role debut as Violetta.


Cast online at waopera.asn.au COMPOSER Giuseppe Verdi CONDUCTOR Christopher van Tuinen DIRECTOR Sarah Giles SET & COSTUMES Charles Davis LIGHTING DESIGNER Paul Jackson FEATURING WAO Chorus WASO LANGUAGE Sung in Italian with English surtitles DURATION 3 hours including two intervals A Co-Production between West Australian Opera, Opera Queensland and State Opera South Australia


Subject to COVID19 restrictions

Aliwa yeyi! (Look out now!) Following a sold-out premiere season in Perth (October 2021) Koolbardi wer Wardong will spread its wings with a regional tour stretching across Noongar Boodja. Koolbardi the Magpie and Wardong the Crow are two very proud, very vain, very jealous brothers. Watch as their cunning, their rivalry and one-upmanship brings them unstuck in spectacular fashion. Join us for a journey back to the Nyittiny, the time of Creation, where love, loyalty, betrayal and jealousy are all stretched to their limits. Because pride always comes before the fall. Award winning songwriters and story tellers, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse weave magic in this five-star production brought to life under the deft direction of Matt Reuben James Ward. Experience the incredible beauty of the language of this land, as this production promises to delight audiences of all ages.

KOOLBARDI WER WARDONG This is a Wesfarmers Arts Commission with regional tour supported by Opera in the Regions Partner, Minderoo Foundation, and Playing WA; children’s chorus supported by Lotterywest and choreographer supported by the Bendat Family Foundation.

Cast online at waopera.asn.au COMPOSERS Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse DIRECTOR Matt Reuben James Ward SET AND COSTUMES Matt McVeigh LIGHTING DESIGNER Mark Howett SOUND DESIGNER Jeremy Turner Albany Entertainment Centre Saturday 4 June Goldfields Arts Centre Saturday 13 August Esperance Civic Centre Saturday 18 September Visit waopera.asn.au to register for ticket announcements LANGUAGE Sung in Noongar with English Surtitles DURATION 60 minutes, no interval All music composed by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse © 2020 Wanjoo Pty Ltd. All rights administered by Perfect Pitch Music Publishing (APRA), on behalf of Wanjoo Pty Ltd, All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Subject to COVID19 restrictions

West Australian Opera is committed to bringing opera to all Western Australians. Our Opera in the Regions program increases accessibility to opera and enables all community members to experience this artform. Join us for one of our regional Gala Concert performances and let the combination of soaring arias and extraordinary voices create a full experience with unparalleled power to move. Thrilling singing and romantic melodies will warm the soul and stir your heart in these special gala performances to delight both the opera lovers and opera novices alike.


Opera in the regions is supported by WAO Principal Partner Wesfarmers Arts, Opera in the Regions Partner Minderoo Foundation, and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development through Playing WA

NARROGIN Narrogin Town Hall Saturday 7 May ESPERANCE Esperance Civic Centre Saturday 11 June Visit waopera.asn.au to register your interest and be the first to hear when tickets go onsale.


“WAO is committed to supporting artists at all stages of their careers but especially as they make the transition from full time study to full time performing. It’s during this period that a Young Artist Program can be most valuable, providing on the job training, mentoring, coaching, and most important, first hand experience at the craft of a professional opera artist. This unique experience, both on and off the stage, wouldn’t be possible without our supporters, mentors, and staff, so to them our thanks.” – Chris van Tuinen. West Australian Opera and Wesfarmers Arts congratulate the 2022 program recipients including Bella Marslen (soprano), Jillian Halleron (soprano), Ammon Bennett (tenor), Jake Bigwood (bass) and Kate McNamara (conductor). The Wesfarmers Young Artist Program offers a mentorship experience for Western Australia’s most talented young artists that includes coaching, masterclasses and performance.

The program aims to develop technical skills and stagecraft. The support of Wesfarmers Arts and the Bendat Family Foundation, who support the Bendat Scholarship, has seen graduates build successful careers on opera stages locally, nationally and internationally. The five outstanding artists chosen will work closely with WAO Artistic Director, Chris van Tuinen and Patron, Emma Matthews over the next twelve months.


Opera, at its best, reflects both the timelessness of great art and the trials, joys, and loves of modern life. Opera, at its best, reflects both the timelessness of great art and the trials, joys, and loves of modern life. This connection between the old and the new feels more relevant as we look back across the last couple of years and remember old freedoms and cherished connections. We also think about new ways of gathering and sharing, with the understanding that nothing can replace the feeling of being in the same room with powerful music, stories and voices. After 30 years as Opera in the Park we’re moving to present a fully staged, arena spectacular of Carmen at the iconic WACA Ground. Big sets, big costumes, big music, big voices, and big emotions are set to embrace Perth’s summer nights in a series of concerts for all comers. The Australian premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta tells the story of a young girl’s first steps into an understanding of her blindness and her place in the world. We’ve worked with the vision impaired community in Perth to create a new libretto and a new production. A world first for Perth and a unique experience not to be missed. We’ll also take over Government House Ballroom to recreate the competition between Mozart and

Salieri that occurred in Vienna in 1786, and we’ve commissioned the next Opera for Young People based on the book Our Little Inventor. Patrick Nolan’s gorgeous new 1970’s inspired production of Tosca fills the theatre in the middle of the year and a brand-new production of La traviata gets cherished and challenged by the extraordinary Sarah Giles. Australian talent is always featured in everything we do and we’re particularly happy to invite back some exquisite West Australian singers to the company for the first time. The best conductors, directors, artists, singers and musicians sit at the heart of this season, reminding us that there’s something special about this part of the world. None of which would be possible without our supporters, in audiences, corporates, governments, donors and artists. My heartfelt thanks to them and also to our board, and the remarkable WAO team, delightfully led by the unstoppable Carolyn Chard. I hope you enjoy WAO 2022 and see you at the opera.



West Australian Opera celebrates our local performers and offers pathways to participation and engagement. As Vice Regal Patron of the state opera company, I am proud of our Western Australian creators, artists and cultural sector.

performed in Noongar language and Our Little Inventor, based on the text Sher Rill Ng set in the Australian outback.

West Australian Opera celebrates our local performers and offers pathways to participation and engagement, with works for young people, singing classes, regional tours and workshops, as well as the wonderful repertoire we see on the mainstage.

Our state opera company plays a vital role in connecting communities right across this great state.

It is wonderful to also see a new initiative that will take the popular opera Carmen into the WACA Ground for two performances in February.

The company’s excellence is recognised through its generous supporters and especially their Principal Partner Wesfarmers Arts, who have for many years taken a leadership position in supporting the arts in Western Australia.

I am very pleased to also hear that West Australian Opera is commissioning a new work that speaks to our place with a tour of Koolbardi wer Wardong

The Honourable KIM BEAZLEY AC Governor of Western Australia


The McGowan Government is proud to support West Australian Opera and I wish the company every success. West Australian Opera is a key cultural institution in this State, highly regarded by audiences in metropolitan and regional areas. I am pleased to see our state opera company performing in its home theatre, His Majesty’s Theatre, which is currently undergoing restoration works to reinstate the original balconies. In another exciting development, the company will be taking opera to the WACA during 2022 to host the event spectacle of Carmen. We celebrate all things Western Australian, and I note the company deepening its investment in local artists, young talent and emerging creatives on the mainstage and through education and outreach programs.

The company will tour the Noongar language new work Koolbardi wer Wardong by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, which is based on a traditional Noongar story. With the support of State Government Playing WA funding, the show will tour to the corners of the Noongar nation including to Albany, Esperance, Kalgoorlie and Bunbury in 2022/3; and each of these tours will pick up a local children’s chorus to learn language. The McGowan Government is proud to support West Australian Opera and I wish the company every success. It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 2022 season of West Australian Opera.

DAVID TEMPLEMAN Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts


Presenting opera is only possible with the support of our partners, patrons, donors and government. Presenting opera is only possible with the support of our partners, patrons, donors and government. The Board, management, company and artists are grateful to the entire opera family who support your State Opera Company and enable us to continue to share the power of opera with you. I acknowledge and thank the Federal Government for the support it provides through the Australia Council, the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lotterywest, and local government through the City of Perth and Healthway with the message ‘Act Belong Commit’. We have a program that promotes and celebrates Western Australian talent, with stories of hope and passion, presented in iconic locations. We are proud to innovate the way in which our company seeks to share opera in our State. We offer you a new outdoor spectacle with Carmen taking place at the WACA Ground, a new staging of the rarely performed Iolanta with our collaborators at DADAA, and a season in the Government House Ballroom

for the famous musical contest between Mozart and Salieri, The Duel 1786. Part of our mission as your State Opera Company is to strive to connect the broad community of Western Australia through performing arts. We want the joy of opera to be accessible to as many Western Australians as possible, through regional touring, digital access and innovative venues that bring Opera to life. We are passionate about, and committed to, enhancing the cultural and artistic tapestry of Western Australia; leveraging the storytelling power of music and the human voice to build bridges across our State with a mindset of cultural inclusiveness and diversity in its broadest sense. We are excited about our 2022 season, and hope you share in this excitement and enjoy the operatic experiences on offer.



Our dream is to speak to the heart through the human voice.

The arts engender a sense of hope with stories that speak to our hearts and stir our souls. These stories transcend time and place. At the core, these stories cause us to reflect on the human condition, to ponder our fears, our flaws, our trials and our triumphs. Recent times have proven just how resilient we can be, and this passion and hope we carry is the foundation of the 2022 season. Our dream is to speak to the heart through the human voice. We want to share the joy of music through opera and the powerful stories opera tells. We are uniquely and proudly Western Australian and we bring audiences and artists together to celebrate sung stories that are relevant to our people, time, and places. In 2022 we offer audiences works that celebrate stories of passion, hope and celebration. We have

collaborated with colleagues from Perth Festival, Victorian Opera, Opera Queensland, State Opera South Australia, DADAA, the AWESOME Festival, Conservatorium of Music UWA, WA Young Voices, WA Youth Orchestra. We welcome you to the theatre, the ballroom, the WACA Ground, schools and regional WA. We appreciate your ongoing support and patronage. We will continue to strive to bring you art that will warm your heart and stir your soul with hope and passion. I acknowledge that we live and work on Whadjuk Noongar Boodja.

CAROLYN CHARD AM Executive Director

There is no question that the support from government and from the corporate sector provides the life blood for a company like ours. But it’s the support of individual philanthropy that provides our lungs. It allows us to breathe; it gives us oxygen. It is the very thing that puts a spring in our step and for that we are tremendously grateful. Andrew Pascoe, WAO Chairman

The generosity of audiences, donors and corporate partners makes it possible to keep opera live and accessible in Western Australia and plays a significant role in sharing powerful stories in theatres, schools, communities and regions. However you choose to support West Australian Opera, we thank you for your kind generosity and shared purpose. You can support your state opera company by: • Adding a donation when booking your opera tickets • Donating online at tickets.waopera.asn.au/donate/q/support • Donating through regular payment plan options • Posting a donation to PO Box 7052, Cloisters Square, Perth WA 6850 • Donating by phoning 08 9278 8905

BEQUEST Including a planned gift to West Australian Opera in your Will can help create a sustainable future for the company and give future generations the gift of opera. West Australian Opera is a registered charity and all donations over $2 are tax deductible. To discuss options please contact Philanthropy Manager, Catherine Noonan on 9278 8905 or email cnoonan@waopera.asn.au

LEADERSHIP CIRCLE ($10,000+) Warwick Hemsley AO David Glance Dr Robert Larbalestier Leanne and Sam Walsh AO Anonymous (1) PRINCIPAL PATRON ($5,000+) Dr Jack Bendat AM CitWA Charmaine & Bruce Cameron Dr Dennis Hayward The Robert Kimpton Family Annie & Neil Patrick Angela Roberts Dr Peter Simpson OAM Anonymous (1) BENEFACTOR ($2,500+) Neil Archibald & Alan R Dodge AM Catherine Ferrari Eleanor John Dr Maria Kailis Tessa La Mela Francis Landels Patrick Lilburne Dr Bryant Macfie Lisa Stewart Michael & Helen Tuite Anonymous (2) SUPPORTER ($1,000+) Gaysie Atkinson Dr Colin Binns & Dr Mi Kyung Lee Dr Peter & Mrs Rae Breidahl Joan Carney Helen Carroll Frank Cooper AO Michael Cowie John & Ann Dawson

Michelle Edwards Lorraine Ellard T & E Gerner Kathryn Hogan & Graham Droppert Ulrich & Gloria Kunzmann Simon Landers Ross & Fran Ledger Yuko Lucas Karen Parfitt Kerry Sanderson Glenice Shephard Kim & Keith Spence Agatha Van Der Schaaf Karen Venard Yannis Vrodos Dr Chris & Mrs Vimala Whitaker Diana Warnock & the late Bill Warnock Anonymous (8) FRIEND ($500+) Tom Aram Cathy Bardon & Bob Cassie David Black Christine Burson Carolyn Chard AM Dr Douglas Clifford Dr Graham Douglas & Brian Lindberg Peter Eadington Sue Foster Rosemary Grigg & Peter Flanigan Dr Rosalind Hampton Cecilia Hastings Dr Penny Herbert Jennifer Jones Sue Joubert Jock & Jennifer Laurie Darren Lewsen Cathy and Cian Noonan

Liane Papaelis Wendy Powles Jennifer Rankin Wayne Robinson Elizabeth Shelton The Sherwood Family Margaret Stockton Warren & Katharina Surtees Dr Peter Winterton Alison Woodman Anonymous (5) DONORS Thank you to all our donors who support us and help us create and present world-class opera in Western Australia. YOUNG LEADERS CIRCLE PARTNER Herbert Smith Freehills YOUNG LEADERS CIRCLE Program Ambassador – Yannis Vrodos ANDREW AND NICOLA FORREST The generous gift of FMG shares is testament to the Forrest’s commitment to a strong and vibrant arts sector in Western Australia. BEL CANTO FUND Thanks to the leadership donors of the Bel Canto Fund BEQUEST CIRCLE Anita & James Clayton Lorraine Ellard Ailsa West Anonymous (5)


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


The James Galvin Foundation


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ACCESSIBILITY Audio Description and Tactile Tours

Audio Description captures the visual elements of the performance by describing the “unheard” aspects for patrons who are blind or vision impaired. Audio described performances will have a pre-show tactile tour. The tour allows patrons to explore the costumes and stage set. Please advise the Box Office when booking your tickets to reserve your place for Audio Description and Tactile Tour. Relaxed Performance Relaxed Performances are for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment – this can include but is not limited to people with autism, sensory sensitivities, learning disabilities, dementia as well as those living with anxiety or who have experienced trauma. We maintain the creative integrity of each show, making minor modifications to sensory elements like lighting and sound. Children and families may come and go should they need to.



His Majesty’s Theatre

His Majesty’s Theatre

All performances

6, 7, 8 and 9 April

Tactile Tour 6.30pm

Thursday 21 July Tactile Tour 6pm

Audio Description 7.30pm

OUR LITTLE LA TRAVIATA INVENTOR His Majesty’s Theatre Sunday 2 October Tactile Tour 1pm Audio Description 3pm Relaxed Performance 3pm Supported by Lotterywest

His Majesty’s Theatre Thursday 27 October Tactile Tour 6pm

Audio Description 7.30pm

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Andrew McKinnon in association with West Australian Opera presents

JOSEPH CALLEJA The Maltese Tenor

Blessed with a golden-age voice which inspires comparisons to legendary singers from earlier eras, Joseph Calleja is a superstar at all the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls. His extensive discography includes a thrilling Verdi album and a hugely popular tribute to Mario Lanza, whilst his performance of Puccini’s famous ‘Nessun dorma’ at The Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall was nothing short of electrifying. In this, his eagerly anticipated debut Australian tour, the Maltese born lyric tenor described as the young Pavarotti will be joined by two of Australia’s best loved artists, soprano Amelia Farrugia, who is also of Maltese heritage, and internationally acclaimed pianist Piers Lane, in an unforgettable performance.

PERTH CONCERTHALL HALL PERTH CONCERT Saturday 5th1stNovember Wednesday September2022 2021–– 7.30pm 7:30pm Image: Image: @ © DECCA DECCA // Simon SimonFowler Fowler

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Booking code for WA subscribers: WAOSUB22


VICE REGAL PATRON Governor, The Honourable Kim Beazley AC

Executive Director Carolyn Chard AM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Andrew Pascoe, Chairman Catherine Ferrari, Deputy Chair Janet Barnes Anthony Gianotti Christiaan Heyning Darren Lewsen Ingrid O’Brien Jan Stewart

Artistic Director Christopher van Tuinen

PATRON Dr Jack Bendat AM CitWA HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS Dario Amara Richard Bonynge AC CBE Terry Bowen Julie Bishop Frank Cooper AO Erich Fraunschiel Colin Goddard Warwick Hemsley AO Francis Landels Bruce Martin AM Margaret McManus Dr Richard Mills AM Annie Patrick Marilyn Phillips Vincent A Warrener AM KHS PATRON WESFARMERS ARTS YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM Emma Matthews We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation and pay our respects to Elders past and present. Casting and information correct at the time of publication but may be subject to amendments.Performances will be subject to COVID restrictions.

Production Manager Mandy Farmer Accountant Debbie Byrnes Artistic Administrator Kate Larkins Education Manager Terasa Letizia Philanthropy Manager Catherine Noonan Marketing Manager Danielle Barlow Acting Marketing Manager Scott Whinfield * Marketing Coordinator Holly Langford-Smith Media Coordinator Daniele Foti-Cuzzola CRM Coordinator Rachel Sait Stage Manager Karen Farmer Music Librarian Allison Fyfe *With thanks to Victorian Opera for enabling this secondment

Singing on your own or together gives you a voice that connects you to communities near and far. actbelongcommit.org.au


Creativity in flight

As Principal Partner of West Australian Opera, and commissioning partner of Koolbardi wer Wardong, Wesfarmers is helping Western Australian stories take flight. Celebrating the indigenous culture of this place on Nyungar Country, Koolbardi wer Wardong speaks uniquely to this land, time and place. Wesfarmers Arts is privileged to commission major new works that help our arts sector re-emerge from the crisis of COVID-19, resilient, re-invigorated and connecting afresh with audiences around our state. WESFARMERS ARTS CoMMiSSioning pARTnER oF KooLBARDi WER WARDong, TouRing WESTERn AuSTRALiA in 2022


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