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Star Navigator (Ihitai ‘Avei’a) | CANCELLED

West Australian Opera

  • Friday, 13 Aug 2021 - 7:30PM

This event has been cancelled.

Ticket buyers have been contacted directly with more information and options regarding their ticket(s).

If you have not received an email, please contact us for more information on 9231 9999, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. 

Click here to read West Australian Opera's official statement.

 This landmark event will be presented in concert with West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Based on the true story of Tupaia, a Tahitian star navigator who sailed with James Cook on the Endeavour, this beautiful and haunting work explores the 1769 meeting of two master mariners, each from a vastly different place and culture, both proud of their knowledge and unwavering in their ambition.

The opera delves into the minds of these two navigators of genius and the gulf of belief that, despite their common love of the sea and thirst for exploration, stops them from finding their way into each other’s world. Set sail on this journey and let the music lift you up to the stars. 

Star Navigator is a new work composed by Tim Finn with Tahitian monologues by Celestine Vaite. Originally commissioned by West Australian Opera, New Zealand Opera and Victorian Opera and supported by the state government of Western Australia.


Please be aware that Perth Concert Hall, Ticketmaster and Perth Theatre Trust are the only authorised sellers for this show.

Ticket resellers such as viagogo are NOT authorised sellers for this event and any tickets purchased through their platform/s may not be valid.

If you are unsure of whether your ticket is legitimate, please do not hesitate to contact our Box Office on 9231 9999.

For more information on avoiding ticket scams, please visit the Live Performance Australia website. 


Composer and Lyricist* Tim Finn OBE
Conductor Christopher van Tuinen
Piano Tim Finn OBE
Chorus Master Hugh Lydon
Repetiteur Adrian Soares
Arrangement and Additional Music Tom McLeod

James Cook Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Tupaia Amitai Pati
Purea Natasha Wilson
Narrator / Tahitian Monologist Célestine Hitiura Vaite
Teata Josiah Nielsen

*Additional lyrics by Gary Henderson



Language Sung in English and Tahitian


Concessions apply to
Under 40's & Students (B & C Reserves only)
Seniors Card Holders


Mobile tickets will be emailed shortly after the order confirmation.


Please note: A one-off handling fee of $6.60 applies to all web, phone and mail bookings. A fee of $3.85 applies to over the counter bookings. An additional fee of $4.40 per transaction applies for delivery via Registered Post. All ticket / item prices include GST, if applicable.


Start 7:30pm
No interval
Finish 8:50pm*

*Times are approximate and subject to change at any time.


A Grab & Go menu will be made available closer to the event. 


  • Prior to an event if you are feeling unwell, we ask you please do not attend the performance and contact our Box Office on either or 9231 9999 to discuss the options for your tickets. 
  • Health and safety guidelines for the venue can be found here.

Presented by WA Opera