West Australian Opera was established in 1967 and celebrates its 44th anniversary in 2011. 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. The company offers an annual subscription season of main house productions as well as programs in regional Western Australia and a strong education program and ancillary activities, including concerts and community events in Western Australia. It is an incorporated association with a board of eight directors, chaired by Warwick Hemsley. The Artistic Director is Richard Mills and the General Manager is Carolyn Chard The company receives its income from federal and state funding, box office revenue, donations and sponsorship.
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