Opera that banned ‘unhealthy’ Carmen has new conductor

West Australia Opera became an international laughing stock last year when its chief executive, Carolyn Chard, cancelled a Carmen production as part of a health-sponsorship deal. Both artistic director Joseph ­Colaneri and chorus master ­Joseph Nolan walked out.

Chard has now appointed Brit-based Aussie conductor Brad Cohen as her next artistic director.

He’s doing Faust. Does she know there’s drinking in it?


New WA Opera artistic director Brad Cohen

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  • The couple of concerts I’ve seen him to do with Chelsea Opera Group were very decent. Hope he knows what he’s getting into.

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