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Star Navigator (Ihitai ‘Avei’a)

Presented by West Australian Opera

  • Friday, 13 Aug 2021 - 7:30PM
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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.


Tim Finn Composer and Lyricist
Christopher van Tuinen Conductor
Tom Mcleod Arrangement and Additional Music 
Célestine Hitiura Vaite Tahitian Monologist

James Clayton James Cook

West Australian Symphony Orchestra
WASO Chorus


Language Sung in English and Tahitian


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

Please be advised this event is initially being sold in accordance with current Government restrictions.
Should government restrictions change, further seats will be released for sale.

Mobile tickets will be emailed shortly after the order confirmation.


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. 
  • Social distancing requirements will be in place for this event
  • Health and safety guidelines for the venue can be found here.

Presented by WA Opera