The West Australian Opera’s performance of Puccini’s La Boheme is more than just another Esperance Civic Centre event, it may just be the last chance we get to see an opera on this scale without forking out for flights, fuel and/or accommodation in Perth.
With the closure of Viewer Access Satellite TV (VAST) Channel 602 “Westlink”, the free live broadcast of one of Giacomo Puccini’s most popular operas to the Esperance Civic Centre on 3 February may be our last opportunity to see a live simulcast in Esperance.
The performance will take place at 8pm on Saturday 3 February 2018 at Supreme Court Gardens in Perth, but thanks to the sponsorship of the state government through DCA, federal government through the Australia Council, Lotterywest and Act-Belong-Commit, it will also be simulcast across regional WA.
In case you’ve ever wondered what the term ‘simulcast’ stands for, it means ‘simultaneous broadcast’.
This means that the broadcast to the regional screens is at the same time as the live event.
Screens are set up in theatres and auditoriums in Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Busselton, Carnarvon, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Margaret River, Merredin and Port Hedland. Apart from watching from the Esperance Civic Centre, anyone with access to VAST Channel 602 can also watch the simulcast from their own home.
If you’re not familiar with Puccini’s masterpiece of love and loss, La Bohème is the story of a group of friends and idealists, living freely as they pursue their dreams.
At the heart of the story are Rodolfo and Mimi, who fall in love at first sight but their hopeful outlook on life is shattered as they face poverty, illness and loss.
This is an evening of beautiful melody and spine-tingling performances, touching on the heartbreaking moments in our lives which unite us all as humans.
The simulcast is free of charge however you do need to secure a ticket to reserve your seat.
You can book your ticket from Esperance Shire outlets or online at www.esperance.wa.gov.au