Opera in the Secret Garden


Opera in the Secret Garden

Opera in the Secret Garden returns to herald the summer. This is always one of the most popular events for Opera Lovers of WA – how could it be otherwise with beautiful music in a beautiful walled garden?  You’ll hear music from Mozart to Wagner, arias, duets and a trio.  There will be a raffle and, of course, the pleasures of the garden itself.

Bring a picnic and be carried away by Bella Marslen, Ileana Rinaldi, Matthew Dixon and Marilyn Phillips (accompanist). We are very proud of Bella, being the first WA Opera Lovers Aria Prize winner. We’re also delighted to welcome Ileana and Matt, who have both been supported by us as WA Opera Young Artists.

Time: 2.30pm for a picnic, performance commences at 3.00pm

Date: Sunday 14 November 2021

Venue: private residence in Applecross (details will be provided at the time of booking)

Cost (includes a glass of wine): Members – $55; Non-members – $65; Students – $20

To book tickets, please go to

Opera Lovers WA presents “WA Opera Young Artists Showcase”

Our program features 5 singers, Brianna Louwen Soprano, Chelsea Burns Soprano, Chelsea Kluga Mezzo, Matt Dixon Baritone and Lachlan Lawton Baritone, conductor Leanne Puttick (who is conducting The Nightingale for WA Opera in October) and accompanist, Adrian Soares.

Many of you will know the artists from their work with WA Opera, both live and online, with us and a number of events in Perth. For more information about the artists see the attached pdf.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear the Young Artists in the beautiful venue of the Government House Ballroom. We have made a number of changes to our program for this year to ensure that we provide a covid-safe environment for you and for our performers. This includes a larger venue to accommodate social distancing requirements, hand sanitisers available and limited catering.

Young Artist Bios 1 Sept 2020

Friday 11 September 2020, 6.00pm

Government House Ballroom

30 St George’s Terrace Perth (adjacent to Supreme Court Gardens) 

Non-Members:  $40; Members: $30; Students: $10
(includes a glass of wine on entry) 

Booking is via Trybooking –; or via EFT to our account BSB 036-082 account number 214 292 indicating your name as reference; or by cheque to PO Box 1126, West Perth, WA 6872.

Proudly presenting Oz Cabaret Icons, Duets and WA’s Best… With four shows down and four to go, Downstairs at The Maj 2019 Season is set to present some of cabaret’s best this spring and summer, with special events for Christmas and Pride. The hottest selling shows – of living legend and original Les Girl Carlotta and Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths – have each added an extra (4 th) performance to their seasons. And they’re not the only ones Perth loves.

October 31 sees cabaret power couple and regular Maj visitors Melissa Langton and Mark Jones – with a slew of Australian cabaret awards between them – begin their 7 th(!) season Downstairs in 15 years, and it’s on track to be another sell-out. “We LOVE Perth,” said Langton, “whether it’s a fringe show or cabaret season, WA has always been quick to pick up what we’ve put down and they’re audiences we have a lot of fun with.” The couple, married off-stage as well as on – who recently toured Still Living in the 70s and Good Day Sunshine: The Lennon & McCartney Songbook (which they’ll encore in the main His Majesty’s Theatre auditorium 30 October) – now bring us the greatest hits of the free love era in What’s New Pussycat. This joyous, foot-stamping, hand-clapping celebration of the swinging 60s features favourites by Tom Jones, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield, plus Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, and a special medley for lovers of John Denver and The Fab Four.

The original equality activist, singer and inspiration for Priscilla…, Carlotta makes a long-awaited return to Perth this November. Queen of the Cross celebrates 50 years on stage for the icon and will be part of this year’s PrideFEST 30th anniversary celebrations. Michael Griffiths will accompany on piano following his own all but sold-out October season By Request complete with live band. Homegrown talent takes the fore for a charitable cause this festive season as November sees Katt Osborne direct some of Perth’s favourite performers – Nick Maclaine, Jo Morris and Igor Sas – in George Bailey’s heart-warming It’s a Wonderful Life as a live radio play. Proceeds will go to Anglicare, supporting people struggling with poverty and homelessness this Christmas.

To farewell 2019, join Perth Cabaret Collective for A Festive Jamboree. With fave WA vocalists Jesse Gordon, Cougar Morrison (sugar and spice) and Mark Turner fronting the band, it’ll be a night of merriment full of all that’s naughty and nice about the silly season and the songs that go with it. Whatever your musical bent, there are few better places to get together in comfort and style – with family, friends or a significant someone – for drinks and great entertainment than Perth’s premier underground cabaret gem Downstairs at The Maj. To make your night even more complete, visit some of The Maj’s neighbours offering discounts and special offers on food and drinks with your show ticket before or after performances.

Listen to an interview with Michael Griffiths

Trevor Jones is a cabaret performer, pianist, singer, entertainer, conductor, educator and Musical Director based in Brisbane, Australia. He is currently a Lecturer in Musical Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

Trevor’s performances bring a unique blend of humour, storytelling and song.

He has performed to great acclaim in cabaret venues around Australia including Downstairs at The Maj (Perth), Chapel off Chapel andThe Butterfly Club (Melbourne), La Boheme (Adelaide) and Slide (Sydney) with his shows By Chance,Move On, Trevor Jones in Sticky Situations, Kollision and the sold out Perth season of Still Standing – A Tribute To The Great Piano Men.

Trevorhas hosted the Piano Bar for Adelaide Cabaret Festival since 2015, as well as Best of the Fest and Cabaretoke for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival and the Key Change Piano Bar for Ballarat Cabaret Festival. He was the weekly host ofTrevor’s Fab Fridays at the Butterfly Club until the end of 2016 and now hosts several regular nights at Doo-Bop Jazz Bar, Brisbane.

Trevor performed as a part of the inaugural Melbourne Cabaret Festival and was the host of Midsumma Best of the Festfrom 2009 – 2011. He has also performed at Perth’s FRINGE WORLD, the Adelaide Fringe and Sydney Mardi Gras festivals.

Trevor has traveled internationally as a piano bar entertainer, singing and playing in all styles, often by request and was employed in this capacity by Carnival Cruise Lines as well as 5 star hotels in Germany, Austria, Italy and The Netherlands.

As a conductor and musical director, Trevor was the 2011 recipient of the Brian Stacey Award for Emerging Australian Conductors. He was also the Musical Director of the 2016 Melbourne and Perth productions of Avenue Q.

Professional appointments have included Artistic Director of CitiOpera and Associate Musical Director and Head of Voice for the Victorian State Schools Spectacular. He founded the chamber choir Choristry in 2008 and was their Artistic Director and conductor until 2014.

Other engagements have included major musical tours throughout China with leading international performers including Lisa Vroman, Brad Little and Doug LaBrecque as well as performances of Dogfight (Doorstep Arts), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Vic Theatre Company), Next To Normal (Doorstep Arts), Titanic the Musical(Ballarat) and Dear World (Magnormous Productions).

Trevor is highly sought after as an accompanist. He accompanied soprano Annalisa Kerrigan in a national tour of Mario Lanza: A Night to Remember in 2010 and has accompanied acclaimed cabaret artiste Meow Meow

After his sold out season of Still Standing: A Tribute to The Great Piano Men, one of Australia’s favourite piano men returns to Downstairs at the Maj with his band in a brand new show.

Developed specifically for Perth audiences to enjoy Downstairs at The Maj, this show takes the form of a concert cabaret of well-loved Australian pop and rock songs peppered with entertaining stories about them and Trevor’s personal connections to them.

Under the Milky Way includes songs by favourite Australian artists including INXS, Kylie Minogue and Crowded House to name a few.

Songs include A Touch of Paradise (John Farnham), No Aphrodisiac (The Whitlams), I Go To Rio (Peter Allen), When The War Is Over (Cold Chisel), What About Me (Moving Pictures), If I Could (1927) and title song Under The Milky Way (The Church), as well as a medley of all the hits that can’t be included in full.

Delivered with Trevor’s signature energy and humour, audience participation is strongly encouraged!

Written, directed, produced by and starring Trevor Jones on piano & vocals.
Backed by a three piece band (bass, drums and guitar).

The interview was done by Chris Durrant with Trevor Jones.

Review of “Under the Milky Way” By Trevor Jones

There was a hush in the audience – then suddenly we heard a beautiful voice singing from the audience and Trevor Jones jumped onto the stage like a bolt of lightening and started singing “Man overboard.” This really got the audience into the right mood, with all of them joining in the chorus. It was obvious Trevor had instantly captured the heart of all his audience. What a glorious way to open a show!!!

It is obvious Trevor is a seasoned performer. He was able to hold the audience in the palm of his hand throughout the show. I did not notice anyone’s interest flagging at any point in the show.

This is because of the collection of songs that he chose for this wonderful performance entitled “Under the Milky way”. The songs varied from Peter Allen to Olivia Newton John and Kylie Minogue to name a few.

Many of the songs were preceded by humorous anecdotes that just added flavour to the whole situation.

The show takes place in the beautiful and intimate Downstairs at the Maj. This is a wonderful place to have a drink, enjoy some eats and savour every moment of Trevor’s singing.

If you have not heard of Trevor and not been to the Maj. – This is the time to make a trip. Trevor is a real delight and you cannot find a better venue for his music than the very comfortable and intimate Maj.

The show is on only for this Friday and Saturday (18th & 19th July) – so get in quick because I have been told tickets are selling very fast.


We came to know Peter Asher via his 10 Top 40 hits with Peter & Gordon, whose #1 hit debut single A World Without Love was gifted to them by Paul McCartney. Peter & Gordon toured Australia in 1964, and scored subsequent Australian top ten hits with Lennon/McCartney’s Nobody I Know and I Don’t Want to See You Again, Buddy Holly’s True Love Ways, Del Shannon’s I Go To Pieces, Woman (another McCartney song), Lady Godiva (the 6th biggest selling song in Australia in ’66!) and Knight In Rusty Armour. Peter’s subsequent days as A&R Director for the Beatles’ Apple Records also made history, and he became a legend as Producer and Manager of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and a host of others after moving to California at the end of the ‘60s. He remains the only Artist Manager to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and his studio work has led to 2 Grammy Awards for “Producer of the Year”.


Albert Lee first toured Australia with Joe Cocker in 1974, and most recently in 2018 performing to much acclaim at shows including the Sydney & Adelaide Guitar Festivals, Melbourne Guitar Show and the Gympie Muster. Albert began his career as a touring musician in the early sixties, and soon catapulted onto the stage with the likes of Buddy Holly’s Crickets, Eric Clapton, and Emmylou Harris. A 25-year run as Music Director of his beloved Everly Brothers coincided with studio and stage work with Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings and Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr (“The Concert for George”). Even with all this, he found the time for over 10 solo and band albums under his own moniker. His numerous studio sessions have led to 2 Grammy Awards and 4 nominations.

Peter Asher & Albert Lee’s history is one of song, and these duo storyteller shows will reflect that history and feature those songs. The songs that influenced them along with songs they influenced. From the Peter & Gordon catalogue, they will harmonize on A World Without Love, I Go To Pieces, and more. From Albert Lee’s back pages, expect the Jimmy Webb penned title track from his new acoustic album, The Highwayman, Glenn Campbell’s A Better Place, and the Jimmy Jones/Otis Blackwell classic Handy Man. Inspirations to both artists such as the Everly Brothers provide Crying in the Rain and Bye Bye Love, while from Buddy Holly comes Well, All Right. As Peter & Albert tell us stories of the travels that brought them to so many of the intersections along the road of music history, the two legends bring these timeless songs to life.

“Peter Asher’s voice literally soared through Carnegie Hall” (Fox News). “Albert Lee is the ultimate virtuoso” (Eric Clapton).

The interview was done by Chris Durrant with Peter Asher.


PRESENTED BY SIMONE SPITTLE 13th – 20TH July 2019 Beauty In The Beast: In a whirlwind of fairy tales sold to us since birth, ‘Beauty In The Beast’ is a collection of funny, moving and honest reality checks presented in song

Vulnerability opens us to profound pain and loss, but if you want profound joy it’s a risk worth taking. The human experience is not a static state. You were not born to be one dimensional. You were born to live a colourful life, rich in connection, learning and healing. It’s in the awkwardly comical exchanges, desperately lonely hours and the moments we stand up and say ‘this is my truth’, that we face the greatest beast in our lives – ourselves.

The brainchild of singer-songwriter Simone Spittle, ‘Beauty In The Beast’ captures her awkward dating years, family sagas and growing pain dramas in a way that will make you think, ‘oh, you too?’. Simone is a classically trained pianist and singer-songwriter with a flair for true stories stripped bare into ballads, fused with honeyed vocals and a side of comedic relief. Hailing from the west coast, Simone has spent most of the last decade travelling and working around Australia as a Nurse and Midwife and brings a wealth of life experience to the stage. Showcasing her signature comedic and conversational song-writing ‘Beauty In The Beast’ is for anyone who enjoys authentic, ridiculously funny and engaging stories and music. This production opens on 13th July for one show only in Perth and runs for SEASON LENGTH in Melbourne from 15th – 20th July. Bookings recommended.

Show Details: Beauty In The Beast Dates: Saturday 13th July Time: 7.30pm Cost: $18-25 Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre Tickets:

“ one free double to the first person who emails with the title of the show”.

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with Simone Spittle.


FLOOR THIRTEEN PERTH’S MOST PROMISING PERFORMANCE MAKERS LOOK AT THE FOUNDATIONS OF MEMORIES AND HOW WE TELL OUR OWN STORY Delve into a world where nothing is safe. FLOOR THIRTEEN follows the story of Phoebe, a woman who’s had a big night. It’s 3am and she’s trapped in an elevator with nothing but a half-empty bottle of Moet and her anxious thoughts. Profoundly alone, wrecked and panicking, she’s trying to figure out her next move. Over and over again, she ruminates on her memories from the evening. She’s got to get her story straight… Race through a mind in turmoil and be prepared to question everything; this is Memento meets Chunky Move. Fast lights, throbbing beats – FLOOR THIRTEEN is a trip down memory lane in fifth gear. Recent WAAPA graduates Marshall Stay (DAD, THE COCKBURN INCIDENT), Elise Wilson (COOKIES AND CREAM, GRACE) and Courtney Henri, (GIRL & THING) are behind this premiere work as part of The Blue Room Theatre’s 2019 season. “This show will be a smorgasbord for the senses. It will be an experience that ignites our curiosities about memory and imagination by experimenting with movement and text. We are investigating how we see the world through a first-person point of view and we’re looking at the narrative of our own identity and how we retell stories to one another. Do we pitch ourselves as the hero, survivor or villain?” says Elise Wilson. Using cutting-edge technology, live projection and voice manipulations and an incredible ensemble of WAAPA graduates comes FLOOR THIRTEEN, a bold and powerful new work infused with clever tricks and sharp storytelling to create a memory-scape that slides between a party, a childhood home and Kings Park. Director Marshall Stay is excited to explore the physicality and malleability of memory in this piece. “We invite the audience to piece together the truth” says Stay. “Expect this journey to be dark, surprising and leave you second guessing everything you see.” Strap in for this thrilling ride with one woman and all the spooks her mind can conjure.

FLOOR THIRTEEN When, 7pm, 25th June – 13th July, 2019 Where: The Blue Room Theatre, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge Bookings: | (08) 9227 7005 Tickets: $20 – $30

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the writer Elise Wilson .

Opera Lovers WA presents

“Tosca – In Rehearsal”  

Opera Lovers invites you to a special evening to observe a working rehearsal of Freeze Frame Opera’s production of Tosca, with a talk by the Director, Rachel McDonald and the founder of the company, Hattie Marshall.  Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to have a taste of this popular opera being presented in a new format.  The cast, including current and past WA Opera Young Artists, features James Clayton, Jun Zhang, Kristin Bowtell, Pia Harris, Jake Bigwood, Robert HOffman and Hattie Marshall, with musical direction by Tommaso Pollio.

Friday 31 May 2019, 6.15pm 

Centenary Pavilion, Gate 8 Ashton Avenue, Claremont (ample parking in the showgrounds)

Non-Members:  $40; Members: $30; students: $10
Ticket price includes complimentary drinks and snacks

Booking is through EFT to our account BSB 036-082 account number 214 292 indicating your name and Tosca as reference;  or by cheque to PO Box 1126, West Perth, WA 6872; or call Mark 0459 629 755 or Helen 0439 929 778 with credit card details.

Please feel free to contact Helen Brown on 0439 929 778 if you would like any further details.

Opera Lovers WA presents “An Evening with Australia’s Premier Baritone, José Carbó”

Argentine-Australian José Carbó has performed in the leading opera houses of the world including Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Real Madrid, Los Angeles Opera, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Seattle Opera and more.  At Opera Australia, José recently gave his 50th performance of Germont in La Traviata, and for his portrayal of Alfio/Tonio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci,received his third Helpmann nomination and a Green Room Award nomination.  

José will delight Opera Lovers with an informal evening of singing and stories with pianist David Wickham and a guest appearance by soprano Jenna Robertson before their performance in the Albany Arts Festival.

Tuesday 26 March 2019, 6pm – 8pm

Steinway Showroom, 246 Railway Parade, West Leederville

Non-Members:  $55; Members: $45;
Join us for a glass of wine at 6pm, before the performance at 6.30pm

Booking is through EFT to our account BSB 036-082 account number 214 292 indicating your name and José Carbó as reference;  or by cheque to PO Box 1126, West Perth, WA 6872; or call Mark 0459 629 755 or Irene 0408 901 981 with credit card details.


Ballpoint Penguins and the Men of the West — Comic A Cappella Interspecies Cabaret

Roll up, roll up for the greatest show in Perth. And Fremantle! NEVER BEFORE have these two giants of choral madness appeared together on one stage. EXPERIENCE the MEN OF THE WEST and the BALLPOINT PENGUINS as they walk the tightrope between comedy and good taste. HEAR them performing together on the flying a cappella trapeze, with no instrumental net, without falling flat! For ONE NIGHT ONLY, 140 lucky people will join these celebrated clowns of song mixing it up with each other’s repertoires. Get your tickets now, while they last!

This stylish musical package conceals subversive wit and wordcraft on intelligent design, Tupperware obsession, the aphrodisiac power of the common vacuum cleaner and ridding your home of excess adult offspring. These original a cappella comedians storm the intellectual barricades of right-minded folk. Anticipate the unexpected, plus classic musical mischief from Python to Lehrer and Flanders to Swann.

The Ballpoint Penguins live in Perth, Western Australia and perform at music festivals all over Australia.

The Men of the West are a dark, behatted behemoth of blokes, singing anything from Georgian table songs to “improbable hits”. This mysterious male voice choir from Perth Western Australia first appeared at the Fairbridge festival in 2005. Since then they have materialised at many times and places, mainly in the general vicinity Fremantle, but also in regional WA and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2014 and 2015.

In their musical “oeuvre” the Men if the West valiantly attempt to redefine the predicament of the modern man while attempting to scale the peaks of pointless grandeur, magnificent manhomery, and poignant pathos. Led by director Ryan Morrison, much of the material is original songs from the zany hand of Stephen Taberner, founder of the Spooky Men’s Chorale, and includes crowd favourites like “Don’t Stand Between a Man and his Tool”.

The Men of the West were originally known as the Spooky Men of the West.  At odd times they have also appeared in the guise of the Dark Knights of Song.

DATE: Sunday 14 October

PLACE: Little Creatures Next Door, Mews Road Fremantle.

SHOWTIME 6:30-8:30 pm Doors open 5:30 pm

This is an interview with Colleen Dixon from the company Ballpoint Penguins. The interview was done by Chris Durrant.

“From Bach to Offenbach” 

From the opera houses of France, Germany and Italy, join us for a magical evening of rapturous music from the baroque period through to the romantic operettas of Offenbach.  Enjoy a glorious potpourri of beautiful arias and duets performed by acclaimed opera singers Katja Webb and Helen Brown and emerging artists Jillian Halleron and Louis Hurley who will be accompanied by the inimitable David Wickham.

Wednesday 19 September, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Wesfarmers Puccini Room, 3rd Floor, His Majesty’s Theatre  

Non-Members:  $40; Members: $30; students: $10
(refreshments and light finger food included)

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