West Australian Opera
West Australian Opera was established in 1967 and celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2012. It is Western Australia’s only full-time, professional opera company. The company presents operas drawn from the mainstream operatic repertoire and increasingly is involved in the commissioning and development of new repertoire – including the Helpmann Award winning Batavia and The Love of the Nightingale from acclaimed composer Richard Mills and most recently young director Matthew Lutton’s new production of Elektra for the 2012 Perth International Arts Festival. WAO offers an annual season of main-house productions at His Majesty’s Theatre as well as programs in regional Western Australia, a strong education program and community events across Western Australia.