West Australian Opera - Perth
19 September 2020

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Hansel und Gretel

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Fine performances and Sohan Ariel Hayes’ stunning visuals make for a magical Opera in the Park
28 Feb 20 / Limelight
Bran Nue Dae

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Bran Nue Dae returns to Perth
10 Feb 20 / The West Australian
Macbeth

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 2

A dark, dense and demanding rendition of Shakespeare's classic play
23 Oct 19 / Broadway World
Stuart Maunder's production is immensely satisfying on a number of levels
22 Oct 19 / Australian Book Review
Sweeney Todd

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 3

It seems Perth was primed for some good old-fashioned barber-ous fun
19 Jul 19 / Broadway World
Sweeney Todd in Perth: ticks all the boxes
19 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
WA Opera serve a rich visual, vocal and musical feast in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd
15 Jul 19 / The West Australian
Die Zauberflöte

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Australian director Barrie Kosky does for Mozart what Baz Luhrmann did for Shakespeare
24 Feb 19 / The Guardian
Where opera ends, theatre begins: Mozart's Magic Flute made new in surreal Perth performance
23 Feb 19 / Sydney Morning Herald
A delightful production that is as intoxicating as Papageno's pink cocktail
22 Feb 19 / Limelight
Magic is the operative word for this highly inventive staging
22 Feb 19 / The West Australian
Barrie Kosky’s The Magic Flute is a contemporary spectacle, despite the opera’s outdated attitude
22 Feb 19 / The Conversation
La Traviata

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Thousands enjoy ‘La Traviata’ at Opera in the Park
4 Feb 19 / Out in Perth
Carmen

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Strong vocalists and a nuanced handling of Bizet's women characters
27 Jul 18 / Limelight
The Cunning Little Vixen

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

The Cunning Little Vixen is hilarious but flawed
24 Apr 18 / Out in Perth
La bohème

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Superb Puccini rises above outdoor woes
6 Feb 18 / The West Australian
Lucia di Lammermoor

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 2

WA Opera’s decision to dust off the old Copley warhorse as part of their Fiftieth Anniversary season was a nod to Sutherland
31 Oct 17 / Australian Book Review
Lucia di Lammermoor is filled with heartbreak and tragedy
30 Oct 17 / Out in Perth
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

Madama Butterfly is a beautiful, moving and utterly enjoyable opera
26 Feb 15 / Australian Stage Online
There is much to marvel at
26 Feb 15 / The West Australian
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

American soprano Kelly Kaduce didn't disappoint as Cio-Cio-San
25 Oct 12 / The West Australian
Madam Butterfly remains a beauty
25 Oct 12 / Perth Now
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
As Lucia Emma Matthews is dazzling
16 Jul 12 / The West Australian
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)
Elektra

West Australian Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Danish soprano Eva Johansson is dazzling as Elektra
21 Feb 12 / Limelight
Moving descent into inky pool of demented revenge
10 Feb 12 / The Australian (via Google)
The effect is astonishing; it is primal, it is climax, it is catharsis. It is art
10 Feb 12 / The West Australian
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

West Australian Opera to reopen with ‘Così Fan Tutte’
The West Australian Opera in Perth has announced that it will resume its live performances with the presentation of Mozart opera “Così fan tutte.” The production was originally performed at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2006.
25 Aug 2020 / OperaWire
West Australian Opera commissions new Noongar-language work
Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse will create an opera about the traditional story of the magpie and crow.
3 Jul 2020 / Limelight
West Australiam Opera announces its 2020 season
Highlights include a new work by Tim Finn, the return of Emma Matthews, and a production from Glyndebourne.
18 Oct 2019 / Limelight
West Australian Opera announces its 2019 season
Verdi's Macbeth, Sweeney Todd and La Traviata in the Park are on the cards for Perth audiences.
19 Oct 2018 / Limelight
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