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Joanna McWaters has been singing with State Opera for 25 years, working her way up from chorus to principal artist. Her roles with the company include the title role in “Madama Butterfly”, Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Mrs. Hargreaves (Boojum), Lily Brayton (At the Dome Room at 2 o’clock – World Premiere), Cupid (Orpheus in the Underworld), Rose (At the Statue of Venus – Australian Premiere), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Owl/Forester’s Wife (Cunning Little Vixen) and Dolly Pickles in the World Premiere season of “Cloudstreet” to high acclaim.


In the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival, she performed the title role in “Tosca” for Mopoke Productions. She was due to reprise this role in a new Co-Opera touring production before the COVID-19 lockdown. Other roles with Co-Opera include Adele & Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Sivilglia), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Gianetta (The Gondoliers) and Mimi in a national tour of “La Bohème”.


Roles with other companies include Eileen o da Freya (Daughter of the Sea), Alma (Stari Most), Mother/Witch (Hansel & Gretel), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) and Maria (West Side Story).


Joanna has been the recipient of scholarships to undertake post-graduate studies in both Taiwan and Luxembourg. She was a James & Diana Ramsay Foundation Emerging Artist (State Opera of South Australia) and is an inaugural graduate of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera Programme. Joanna was recently awarded a grant from the National Assistance Program for the Arts Grants awarded by the Philanthropy Australia’s Arts Funders supporting artists during the current pandemic. She is also in demand as a concert soloist and for corporate functions and dinners.

Future engagements include the role of The Beggar Woman in State Opera’s “Sweeney Todd” later this year.


Mrs. Hargreaves – Boojum! (2019)
Owl/Forester’s Wife – Cunning Little Vixen (2019)
Lily Brayton – At the Dome Room at 2 o’clock (2017)
Nedda – I Pagliacci (2017)
Dolly Pickles – Cloudstreet (2016)
Soloist Puccini Spectacular (2016)
Queen of the Night – The Magic Flute (2016)
Cio Cio San – Madama Butterfly (2013)
Cupid – Orpheus in the Underworld (2012)
Rose – At the Statue of Venus (2006)
Queen of the Night The Magic Flute (2011)
Lillas Pastia Carmen (2011)
Nedda Pagliacci (2010)



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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Barber is back!
8-15 May 2021 at Her Majesty's Theatre. TICKETS ON SALE TODAY
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Cameron Gergely Blake Peiper surely a double date to this

Cordelia Elizabeth

Cheryl Emmett, get tickets. I’ll come back to see this if Ben Mingay is playing Sweeney Todd

James Scott

Terrific! First saw Sweeney Todd in the old Her Majesty’s with an amazing Lyndon Terrancini as Sweeney! Brilliant ! 🎶🎉

State Opera South Australia if we had purchased tickets for October this year will they be reissued for May?

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Marie-Ann Ellis 😁😁😁

Booked, and very excited!

Rowan Hugh!!!!!


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Hannah Kearin let's go!

Norma Dye

Sharyn Sweeney Todd Opera :O



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Scott Broadbent!! I NEED to see this !!

Daniel Bird

Ryan Varga ? want to get tickets?

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Sweeney Todd is at Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide for six performances 8-15 May 2021. Ben Mingay and Antoinette Halloran lead a magnificent cast in this musical masterpiece, featuring the State Opera Chorus and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Anthony Hunt.
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Maybe you could sell tickets to include a plus pie option??

Are you going to launch the season to purchase in one shop or will it be piecemeal?



I couldn’t be more excited!!!!

Eirini; Eleni; John; Anna; Kyriaki - please get a group together and book for this. I saw this production in 2019 in Perth, and it is outstanding!

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Tune in at 8:30AM Adelaide time tomorrow morning to find out who is back in 2021... #TuneIn #stateopera2021 #hesback #announcement ... See MoreSee Less

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Claire Edmonds-Wilson? Your guess??

ON SALE TODAY! After 30 years in the wilderness, the great Australian opera Voss is back in 2021 as a spectacular staged concert directed by Stuart Maunder and conducted by Richard Mills.

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who will replace Marylin and will she come

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