An anthem to new beginnings

Pure-voiced chants will echo among the arches of Winthrop Hall, leading the way to divine celebration. Prepare to be moved as the Hall resonates with the wonderful sounds of young performers in collaboration with West Australian Opera principal artists in this special event.

Bach’s Easter Oratorio evokes the resurrection of Jesus, shifting from solo melodies to the triumph of the orchestra as the singers’ voices intertwine with each other in this rich and whirling score.

Joining the Bach, responding to its text and the architecture of the space, is a new commission from Australian composer Lachlan Skipworth. The new with the old will be linked together in this world premiere season of WA's brightest talent.


West Australian Opera presents Oratorio in association with The University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music.

Behind the Scenes


Composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Lachlan Skipworth
Conductor Christopher van Tuinen
Director Margrete Helgeby Chaney
Lighting Designer Mark Haslam

Soprano Bella Marslen
Alto Jillian Halleron
Tenor Ry Charleston 
Jake Bigwood

UWA Symphonic Chorus
UWA Symphony Orchestra

Seating for this event is General Admission. This means you can sit anywhere within the hall. Accessible seating options will be available.

Parking is available at The University of Western Australia. The following car parks are located within close distance of Winthrop Hall:

  • Carpark 1, Mounts Bay Road (includes ACROD parking bays)
  • Carpark 3, Hackett Entrance 1, Hackett Drive (includes ACROD parking bays)
  • Carpark 17, Corner Fairway and Cooper Street

A bar will be open in the Winthrop Hall foyer. This is open from 6.30pm each performance evening.

Drinks can be taken into the performance space.