The Nightingale

3 – 4 October 2020

His Majesty’s Theatre

A collaboration with West Australian Opera, AWESOME Festival, Co3 Contemporary Dance, WA Youth Orchestra and WA Young Voices.

An exciting and unique collaboration, that harnesses the next generation of WA talent, sharing a magical story that will remind you of the beauty of nature and the power of friendship.
Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen the opera tells of an Emperor of China who is enchanted by the singing of a nightingale in his garden. The Emperor convinces the nightingale to sing for him but when he is gifted a mechanical nightingale, he becomes obsessed with his new toy and the real nightingale flies away. Struck down by illness and with his mechanical nightingale now broken, the Emperor begs the nightingale to return and sing for him again. She agrees, but on the condition that she is allowed to sing for all the people.