I don’t have a tuxedo or evening gown, so what should I wear to the opera?
Come as you are and express yourself however you choose to, after all we are at the theatre. If comfortable is a little black dress, a cocktail gown, a collared shirt with dress pants, or a t-shirt in jeans – then that is up to you.
I don’t speak any Italian, French or German, how will I be able to understand what is going on?
Not all of our productions are in foreign languages, but when they are, they are presented with surtitles; which are similar to subtitles, expect the words are projected in English on both sides of the stage. You’ll be caught up in the music and performances that you’ll probably surprise yourself to realise you understand more than you think; but the surtitles are always there in case you do get a little lost. We also provide printed synopsis sheets so you can have a read beforehand or during the interval and enjoy some spoilers of what’s to come.
Tickets to the opera must be expensive. I don’t think I can afford it.
At West Australian Opera we pride ourselves on making opera as accessible as possible with a range of opera moments for you to choose from. We offer our annual FREE event City of Perth: Opera in the Park in February which attracts a crowd of over 10,000 people. You can enjoy our concerts of opera hits including Opera in the Quarry or our regional events, where you can experience opera amongst some of Western Australia’s most iconic and picturesque locations including The Pinnacles and The Valley of the Giants. These experiences are a great way to introduce yourself to the world of Opera. If you are looking to attend our mainstage productions at His Majesty’s Theatre we have $30 ticket for under 40’s and discounts for students, concessions and groups.