Building Community04 Feb 2019

WA Opera is back on the road to the regions

Unique opera experiences return to the regions as an innovative WA arts partnership is renewed.

Opera in the Valley of the Giants
Western Australian Opera in the Regions kicks off again in 2019. Photo Credit: WAO.

Iconic locations around Western Australia will transform into unique performance spaces, as West Australian Opera (WAO) begins its Opera in the Regions program. The series will be expanding on last year’s inaugural run after the Minderoo Foundation announced further financial support for the initiative.

Beginning in April, WA’s premier opera company will travel to Ningaloo, the Pinnacles and the Valley of the Giants in Walpole. WAO say their aim is to free opera from the concert hall and set it outdoors, inviting audiences to leave expectations at home and experience soaring arias by world-renowned performers.

The series, which received rave reviews in 2018, features evening performances accompanied by local community workshops. Each night will open with a Welcome to Country, followed by the spectacle: some of opera’s most beloved tunes performed by WA Opera’s principal artists.

Minderoo CEO Nicola Forrest said the foundation was proud to be helping remote areas access the arts.

“We’re passionate about touring this incredible WA Opera experience around our state and giving all West Australians the opportunity to experience our incredible opera company,” Forrest said.

“Leave your suits and heels at home, bring the family and join us for Opera in the Regions.”

Forrest added the program would be a financial and creative boon for businesses and artists, driving tourism and helping create more opportunities for performers.

Tickets for the event are low cost or free, with families encouraged to attend. Singing workshops and educational programs will be held in the local communities alongside the concerts.

Ticketing information can be found on the WA Opera website.

Opera in the Regions concerts in 2019:
• Opera in the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park on 27 April
• Opera at Ningaloo Reef and the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse in Exmouth on 15 June
• Opera in the Valley of the Giants in Walpole on Fri 29 and Sat 30 November (dates TBC)

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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