WA Opera general manager Carolyn Chard. Photo: Attila Csaszar

CEO lunch with Carolyn Chard

With WA Opera turning 50 this year, Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with its general manager, Carolyn Chard.

Given the plethora of on-demand entertainment options available today, there are no doubt immense challenges associated with maintaining the relevance of opera – the art form brought to life in 16th century Italy.

Added to that crowded entertainment environment are the major costs of putting on an opera, with its array of soloists, choruses and orchestra, plus the necessary sets, costumes and weeks of rehearsal schedules. Throw in a tougher economic climate and further questions are raised about how one of our main performing arts companies is managing to survive.


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