Distinguished Artist Lecture Series

Event details


Date and time

  • Thursday 11 April 2019 | Event 7pm

Event type

  • On Campus


  • Community
  • Anyone who likes music

Event Fee

  • Free


  • Registration essential

Distinguished Artist Lecture Series with Chris van Tuinen

UWA is the proud Tertiary Partner of West Australian Opera. This partnership gives UWA students access to rehearsals and performances as well as opportunities to work closely with WAO staff and visiting artists, including professional performance experiences at events such as Opera in the Quarry.

UWA and WAO present a series of lecture recitals, talks and masterclasses with internationally recognised directors and artists from WAO’s 2019 season, to delight audiences with a unique insight into the world of opera. 

Chris van Tuinen (Music Director, WAO)
Collaboration and competition, risk and reward – devising and producing opera seasons.

Join us as West Australian Opera’s Music Director, Chris van Tuinen, discusses the challenges and opportunities involved in devising opera seasons.

How does one curate a program that excites and inspires diverse audiences? Chris will address some of the key risks facing the operatic landscape, the importance of collaboration and the appetite for new work in this 400 year old artform.

Chris graduated with a B.Mus from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001. He holds a Masters in Conducting and is experienced in both vocal and instrumental music. Over the span of his 20 year career, Chris has worked with a number of key arts institutions. Most recently he was the WA State Manager for Musica Viva Australia, Classical Music Program Manager for Perth Festival, Chorus Director for West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Conductor of UWACS and Musical Director of Fremantle Chamber Orchestra. He is currently the Artistic Director of Lost and Found and is the newly appointed Music Director of West Australian Opera.

Free entry - RSVP essential

Refreshments served from 630pm
Lecture 7pm

Contact details: [email protected]