West Australian Opera to Present World Premiere ‘Our Little Inventor’

By Afton Wooten

The West Australian Opera is set to present the world premiere of “Our Little Inventor” on Oct. 1 & 2 at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth, AU.

The opera was adapted from Sher Rill Ng’s children’s book by the same title. Ng and co-librettist and composer Emma Jayakumar bring to the stage the story of Nell a young girl wanting to help her community and the environment. The machine she creates ultimately improves the health of her home by working to solve the city’s pollution problems.

The production stars Rachelle Durkin, Grace Chow, Yann Kee, Xiaojia Zhang, and Jake Bigwood. Musicians from West Australian Young Voices and Western Australian Youth Orchestra will also perform. Matt Reuben James  Ward directs while Kate McNamara conducts.

Themes of climate change, resilience, and teamwork make “Our Little Inventor” appropriate for all ages, but is made accessible to young opera-goers as the performance takes place during the school holiday.