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The Duel

West Australian Opera

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Please note: This event will be held at Government House Ballroom.

Bookings for this event are now closed.

 Music’s greatest competition?

In 1786 a standoff was held in one of the world’s most lavish palaces. Joseph II (Holy Roman Emperor) had set his tame composers a challenge, pitting the Italian opera style against the German ‘singspiel’. With both pieces performed on the same night, at stake was more than pride, the winner would be feted with commissions and patrons, the loser, fighting for scraps.

In one corner, the established Antonio Salieri set an opera buffa entitled Prima la musica e poi le parole (First the Music, then the Words) and in the other corner the still upstart Wolfgang Mozart, flying the nationalistic flag with his comedy Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario).

For this re-creation, we invite you to Government House Ballroom with stages at either end, dinner with your friends and a time machine back to the eighteenth century. Decide for yourself who wins – Mozart or Salieri?

Please note: Sung in Italian and German with English surtitles. 


WA Opera Subscribers Monday 6 December 2021, 9am (via WA Opera website)

Government House Foundation Members Special Price Friday 10 December 2021, 10am 

General Public On Sale Monday 10 January 2022, 9am


WA Opera
UWA Chamber Musicians


Reserved table seating on round tables of 10. Seat numbering does not indicate placement around the table on the night. 

To view the seating map, click here.

Mobile tickets
will be emailed shortly after the order confirmation.

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 7pm
Opera 1 8pm*
Opera 2 9:25pm*
Finish 10pm*

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


Your ticket includes dinner and drinks.

To view the menu, click here.

If you are feeling unwell prior to an event, we ask that you please do not attend and contact our Box Office to discuss options for your tickets.

Presented by West Australian Opera