West Australian Opera - Perth
19 August 2017

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Die Lustige Witwe

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Bubbling over with opulence, it doesn't get more fun than this
21 Jul 17 / Limelight
Widow gets utterly captivating new life
17 Jul 17 / The West Australian
Tosca

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 4

A stylish, brooding take on Puccini's Tosca by West Australian Opera
7 Apr 17 / Limelight
WA Opera breathes new life into the classic tragedy of Tosca
1 Apr 17 / Out in Perth
West Australian Opera’s Tosca trembles under weight of villain’s malice
31 Mar 17 / The Australian (via Google)
Antoinette Halloran is particularly compelling as Tosca
30 Mar 17 / Australian Stage Online
Les pêcheurs de perles

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 2

an admirable attempt to put Bizet’s “other opera” back in the limelight,
29 Oct 16 / Australian Stage Online
Exquisite Emma Matthews the star in Perth's colonial Pearl Fishers
28 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
The Riders

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

While the design is minimal, the performances are excellent, and the music thrilling
16 Apr 16 / Australian Stage Online
Gianni Schicchi

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Signor Puccini would surely have been proud to see such a well-produced and realised interpretation of his work
17 Feb 16 / Performing Arts Hub
Faust

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

The production is a remarkable success due to its compelling lead performances
31 Oct 15 / Australian Stage Online
Le nozze di Figaro

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Mozart’s evergreen subversive comedy is a sheer delight
16 Jul 15 / Australian Stage Online
Madama Butterfly

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 3

There is much to marvel at
26 Feb 15 / The West Australian
Madama Butterfly is a beautiful, moving and utterly enjoyable opera
26 Feb 15 / Australian Stage Online
Oh Cio-Cio San! Madama Butterfly a coup for Perth Festival
25 Feb 15 / Sydney Morning Herald
Il Trovatore

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 5

West Australian Opera's Il trovatore honours Neidhardt's lesson in directorial rigour
4 Nov 14 / Bachtrack
It looks and sounds as good as most of the national company’s work in the east
4 Nov 14 / Daily Review
West Australian Opera ends year on a high note
3 Nov 14 / The Australian (via Google)
WA Opera's full-throated Il Trovatore
3 Nov 14 / The West Australian
All in all, glorious music performed well made for a wonderful evening of opera
2 Nov 14 / Australian Stage Online
Die Zauberflöte

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Local cast hit the highs
21 Jul 14 / Sydney Morning Herald
A delight to experience
20 Jul 14 / Australian Stage Online
Magic Flute still casts spell
18 Jul 14 / The West Australian
Otello

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Otello on an aircraft carrier sails on a sea of orchestral pleasures
12 Feb 14 / Limelight
A dark and sometimes comic thrill
6 Feb 14 / Australian Stage Online
La bohème

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

A fantastic finale to 2013 for WA Opera
1 Nov 13 / Australian Stage Online
Don Giovanni

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Another not exactly production from West Australian Opera, but one that is nonetheless very well sung and acted
31 Jul 13 / Opera Britannia
This WA Opera production is fresh, powerful and well worth a look
20 Jul 13 / Australian Stage Online
This Don Giovanni is simply too good to miss
18 Jul 13 / The West Australian
La Traviata

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Each carefully devised musical moment deepens our pity
11 Apr 13 / The West Australian
La Traviata is popular, but it still requires artistry to succeed
10 Apr 13 / The Australian (via Google)
Rigoletto

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

There wasn't a weak link in the cast
5 Feb 13 / The West Australian
Madama Butterfly

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Madam Butterfly remains a beauty
25 Oct 12 / Perth Now
American soprano Kelly Kaduce didn't disappoint as Cio-Cio-San
25 Oct 12 / The West Australian
Lucia di Lammermoor

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 4

The casting of Emma Matthews in the title role, and a good supporting cast, ensured a fine night of opera
31 Jul 12 / Opera Britannia
The performance was resoundingly good, with Matthews the shining star of this tragic tale
16 Jul 12 / Australian Stage Online
Cast meets high expectations
16 Jul 12 / The Australian (via Google)
As Lucia Emma Matthews is dazzling
16 Jul 12 / The West Australian
Elektra

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Danish soprano Eva Johansson is dazzling as Elektra
21 Feb 12 / Limelight
The effect is astonishing; it is primal, it is climax, it is catharsis. It is art
10 Feb 12 / The West Australian
Moving descent into inky pool of demented revenge
10 Feb 12 / The Australian (via Google)
Get ready for Elektra
Eva Johansson is in town to sing the lead role in composer Richard Strauss' supercharged fin-de-siecle opera Elektra, which is being performed in Perth for the first time.
Les pêcheurs de perles

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

The singing was bloody marvellous
20 Feb 12 / The West Australian
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News & Articles

WA Opera announces Brad Cohen as new artistic director
UK-based Cohen, who has worked with Western Australia Opera as a guest conductor a number of times, will lead the company up to its 50th anniversary year in 2017.
31 Jan 2015 / Perth Now
Govt says WA Opera can perform Carmen
Health Minister Kim Hames said he would write to WA Opera telling the group it could keep Carmen in its program.
14 Oct 2014 / Herald Sun
Western Australia Opera butts out Carmen over smoking themes
The West Australian Opera has announced it will not program the opera Carmen in the next two years, after it secured $400,000 in sponsorship from Healthway, because the story features smoking.
9 Oct 2014 / ABC Australia
Get ready for Elektra
Eva Johansson is in town to sing the lead role in composer Richard Strauss' supercharged fin-de-siecle opera Elektra, which is being performed in Perth for the first time.
25 Jan 2012 / The West Australian
African queen
A young New Zealand singer nurtured by Perth's opera company is the prima donna in Verdi's Egyptian masterpiece.
24 Oct 2008 / The Australian (via Google)