About Us

Our Purpose

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the operatic art form and we love to support those pursuing a career in opera.

a not-for-profit incorporated body committed to supporting and assisting opera in Western Australia.

awareness of, and enthusiasm for, opera, and young artists starting their career journeys.

events for our members and their guests, where you can enjoy refreshments and meet artists and other opera lovers. We present performances, rehearsals and talks in both intimate and luxurious settings by young artists, established WA professionals and national stars.

to invest in opera in Western Australia, and to assist those pursuing an operatic career. We sponsor West Australian Opera's Young Artist Program, and other causes for the advancement of opera in WA.

Our Committee

Helen Brown is a singer and singing teacher who is passionate about Opera and giving performing opportunities to singers. She is currently teaching classical voice and Lyric Diction at WAAPA. Helen also sings in the chorus of WA Opera.

David is a pianist with long experience in opera. He joined the Society to further the cause of opera and to assist artists in training and performance.

Lisa Murphy

Our Constitution

In accordance with the requirements of the Australian Charities and Not-For Profits Commission that all charities need governing documents, the Society of Opera Lovers WA (Inc) formed its constitution in 2013, with amendments being made in 2017 and 2022. 

  

The constitution sets out the objectives for Opera Lovers, how it operates and the way the committee makes decisions and consults members.  

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Helen Wynn

Secretary

Helen worked as a journalist, HR Manager and Policy Advisor. She has enjoyed music and opera from a young age and joined Opera Lovers in 2018.

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Natalia Skarina

Committee Member

Natalia worked as an engineer in Western Australia and Finland during her professional career. While living in Finland, she was a member of the Helsinki Opera Club and the Wagner Society. She is an Opera Lovers member since 2021. Natalia follows European Opera Festivals and has an extensive collection of modern opera productions.

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Committee Member

Lisa retired from a career as an operating theatre nurse, but trained early as a ballet dancer. Management of the body fascinates her, as does management of the voice. She loves operatic productions, and this is her second spell on the Committee.

 
 
 
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Helen Brown

President

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David Wickham

Vice - President

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Nigel Penfold

Treasurer

Nigel is a retired Chartered Accountant who has worked across a range of industries. During eight years with the WA Department of the Arts he worked with Perth arts agencies and later served on the boards of Form, Ausdance and Buzz Dance Theatre. He served as treasurer for Rostrum WA, and as honorary auditor for a variety of not-for-profit organisations, including the Lieder Society and the Opera Lovers.