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About West Australian Opera

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 1770 meeting of two master mariners. Each is from a vastly different place and culture. As they journey together the understanding they develop highlights not only their differences but shared terror, love of the sea and the worlds around them.

Star Navigator is a new work by Tim Finn OBE originally commissioned by West Australian Opera, New Zealand Opera and Victorian Opera supported by the state government of Western Australia.

This landmark event will be presented as a staged concert featuring international soloists with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere performance

Composer and Lyricist        Tim Finn

Conductor                             Christopher van Tuinen

Director                                  Lemi Ponifasio

Orchestration                        Tom McLeod

Tahitian Monologist             Célestine Hitiura Vaite

James Cook                          James Clayton

Tupaia                                    Ta’u Pupu’a

Purea                                     Marlena Devoe

Narrator                                  Célestine Hitiura Vaite


West Australian Symphony Orchestra

West Australian Symphony Orchestra Chorus


Sung in English


1 hour and 20minutes, no interval