Carolyn Chard AM, Executive Director, West Australian Opera said “Ghost Light Opera will enable the experience of beautiful music to transcend from the stage of His Majesty’s Theatre and into your home wherever you are. A light – a ghost light – is left on the stage when the theatre is unoccupied and would otherwise be completely dark.
In a difficult environment with limited social gathering and isolation measures in place, West Australian Opera’s Ghost Light Opera will provide a platform for everyone to engage with the state opera company despite empty seats and closed venues. We can still connect with each other, we can still share the power of music and try to help heal the soul in challenging times” she said.
Ghost Light Opera will celebrate Western Australian singers performing gorgeous arias spot lit on a darkened stage. We are proud to enable performing opportunities for soprano Emma Matthews, mezzo soprano Fiona Campbell, tenor Paul O’Neill and baritone James Clayton. Accompanied by Tommaso Pollio, these singers will take to the stage to share the arias people know and love.
We are grateful to our partners, donors and government who continue to support us in this time of crisis. Thank you the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Australia Council, Perth Theatre Trust, His Majesty’s Theatre, Wesfarmers Arts, Lotterywest, City of Perth, Minderoo Foundation and Healthway for their ongoing support of West Australian Opera.
We will release a Ghost Light Opera aria every Saturday at 7.30pm starting 28 March 2020 on WAO’s social media platforms. Follow the company’s pages to stay up to date.