Love Burns
19 November 2022
State Theatre Centre of WA, Studio Underground

Love Burns

19 November 2022 State Theatre Centre of WA, Studio Underground Buy tickets

Presented by State Opera South Australia & State Theatre Centre of Western Australia

A darkly funny chamber opera by Graeme Koehne with libretto by Louis Nowra.

Love Burns delivers mischievous comedy with masterful musicality. 

Jack is a gigolo, a con and a ladies’ man, feigning love to steal money from lonely widows. 

Angela, initially one of his victims, pairs up and assists him in his deception. She loves the con but not the ladies and when jealousy sets in, she persuades Jack to kill his victims. 

One murders for love, one for money. Will they get away with it, or will the honeymoon finally be over?

Based on the true crime story of the 1940s American serial killer couple the Honeymoon Killers, Love Burns takes the premise and gives it a distinctly Aussie treatment. 

For anyone looking for a dash of true crime with their opera this one is for you. After thrilling audiences in Adelaide, State Opera South Australia brings Love Burns to audiences around the country. 

“an ingenious stand-alone production … plenty of sardonic and black humour... told with understated humour and brio; never does the score or plot lag. Yet another successful revival, on to the next, please.” - Limelight

“great fun and definitely tongue-in-cheek.” - The Barefoot Review

Composer Graeme Koehne
Libretto Louis Nowra
Published by G. Schirmer, Australia. By kind permission of the Wise Music Group
Conductor Anthony Hunt
Director Nicholas Cannon
Designer Simone Romaniuk
Lighting Ben Flett

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Please note:
  • Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break during the performance.
  • Mobile telephones and electronic devices are to be turned off during the performance.
  • Cameras, video cameras and tape recorders will not be permitted without the consent of the promoter.


  • $59.00 Admit

A Reserve

  • $50.00 Adult
  • $40.00 Concession (Full time students, 16 years & under, Seniors Card holders, Pensioners, unemployed)

A Reserve Groups (10+)

  • $45.00 Admit 
  • $32.50 School Groups (One complimentary ticket per group of 10)
    For group bookings phone (08) 6212 9291 or email

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