Building Community22 May 2019

WA Opera on the road to Ningaloo

In June, Exmouth will come alive with the sounds of Bizet’s Pearl Fishers and Carmen when the West Australian Opera brings its regional showcase to town.

Beautiful sea at Exmouth
Exmouth, Western Australia. Photo Credit: SammyVision.

This article was provided by Minderoo Foundation’s partner the West Australian Opera.

West Australian Opera is committed to bringing magical operatic moments to Western Australians through presenting ‘Opera in the Regions’. We are delighted to announce a new location in Exmouth which is made possible by the support of the Minderoo Foundation. Opera in Ningaloo will be held on Saturday 15th June this year.

Starring West Australian artists Katja Webb, Fiona Campbell, Paul O’Neill and James Clayton accompanied by Tommaso Pollio this concert will feature famous hits from Carmen’s Habenera to Bizet’s Pearl Fishers duet.

“Our aim is to share opera beyond the traditional theatre spaces and invite audiences to experience a taster of all opera has to offer. Glorious music with ever-relevant stories performed by world class Australian singers” said Chris van Tuinen, Music Director, West Australian Opera.

West Australian Opera’s Executive Director, Carolyn Chard AM said that “West Australian Opera started presenting opera in the regions in celebration of its 50th year in 2017 and this was enabled directly through support from Royalties for Regions, Principal Partner Wesfarmers Arts, Healthway Act-Belong-Commit and the state government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

The suite of concerts includes Opera in the Pinnacles, Opera in the Valley of the Giants and now Opera in Ningaloo which we are thrilled to present with the generous support of the Minderoo Foundation”.

Minderoo director Nicola Forrest said “Living in a regional or remote community shouldn’t preclude you from experiencing an exceptional artistic experience in Western Australia. At Minderoo Foundation, we are passionate about increasing access to the arts and are thrilled to be supporting this West Australian Opera experience in beautiful Exmouth.”.

Opera in Ningaloo is a free ‘opera in the park’ event. West Australian Opera invites patrons to bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy this free event with your friends and family. Tickets are not required.

Ella McNeill
by Ella McNeill
Ella McNeill is the Partnership Manager of Minderoo’s Arts and Culture portfolio, overseeing Minderoo’s investments and relationships with these partners. Ella has extensive experience in the not for profit arts sector in Australia and overseas, working across international arts festivals, film, and arts for social change organisations. Ella holds a BA in Arts Management from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
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