For A Look Or A Touch

For A Look Or A Touch is back from June 15 – 29! As a part of this limited time showing, VocalEye will be presenting the film with audio description on June 22!

An operatic film adaptation of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s theatrical song cycle on what it meant to be a gay man during the Holocaust.

Sharleen Joynt in Flight. Pacific Opera Victoria, February 2020. David Cooper Photography


The Keynotes Collection is a curated exploration of Pacific Opera Victoria’s recent productions, featuring articles from our Keynotes Newsletter, as well as Programme Notes, production photos, video trailers, reviews, Archival Excerpt videos hosted by Maestros Timothy Vernon and Giuseppe Pietraroia, and more.

Dip your toe into new opera experiences or relive the magic. Come back often as new archival materials are added to the collection.

Sara Schabas as Dukdukdiya (Hummingbird). Photo: Nadia Zheng

The Flight of the Hummingbird

In this enchanting new opera, the animals of the forest are inspired to come together by Dukdukdiya, the Hummingbird, to save their beautiful home from a raging fire.

Digital viewings of The Flight of the Hummingbird will be available to schools to book, including both the filmed version of the opera and a special Q&A with two cast members. Additional learning resources are available to the public, including an additional Q&A, arts-based activities, sheet music, and more.

Opera Etc.

Opera Etc is everything we do OFF THE STAGE – and ONLINE – to help opera come alive. It is Pacific Opera’s invitation to you to discover, learn, and enjoy. You may not figure out the meaning of life, but you will find new ways to explore art in the context of the world in which we live. And the world we're living in now is challenging us to remain Physically Distant but Socially Connected – meaning Opera Etc Online is your connection to videos, podcasts, and more.

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Compilation of The Civic Engagement Quartet and Apprentice Civic Engagement Quartet

Music Alive

Witness the transformation from singer to creator as Pacific Opera’s resident citizen artists are mentored by industry professionals from across Canada in the creation of Music Alive video recitals.

You are invited to follow the Civic Engagement Quartet and Apprentice Civic Engagement Artists as we share photos and artist vlogs (video blogs) that bring you behind-the scenes and into the artists’ process, their a-ha moments, and each of the personal journeys as they discovering their own creative potential.

Creativity Out Loud

Pacific Opera Victoria and Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People invite you to join us for an exciting performance creation camp that explores the world of opera, music, and movement.

You will work with a team of professional artists to create your very own original theatrical piece inspired by an existing work. This camp is bursting with ways to express your creativity through singing, storytelling, acting and dancing as well as hands-on activities to help bring the show to life.

Offered from July 18 to July 22.

For All to Hear

A space that celebrates and features diverse voices from the IBPoC (Indigenous, Black, People of Colour) community and historically marginalized or oppressed groups, offering a platform to share music and stories that matter.

Communication of truths is what art and artists can do with unequaled directness. Join us in this space for recitals, conversations, and stories of lived experiences from opera artists across the field.

Behind the Scenes

Head ‘Behind the Scenes’ for opera stories, artist profiles, and more…
Pacific Opera Victoria is one of the most influential professional opera companies in Canada. From its home in the Baumann Centre, Pacific Opera Victoria creates significant career opportunities for creative and performing artists and curates opera in surprising ways – enticing newcomers and captivating loyal opera-goers.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

All Pacific Opera events held at the Royal Theatre will follow the COVID-19 Protocols of the theatre. We are watching provincial health orders daily, and will review our policies with the Royal Theatre and the Victoria Symphony when the province changes the current requirement.

You can view the Royal Theatre’s Public Health Information here.

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Youth Programs

Creativity Out Loud

    Pacific Opera Victoria and Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People invite you to join us for an exciting performance creation camp that explores the world of opera, music, and movement.

Community Programs

What’s Up with Opera?

    As the world reckons with racism and sexism, opera luminaries including director Peter Sellars, bass-baritone Davóne Tines and conductor/soprano Barbara Hannigan talk about why it’s time for evolution and disruption in the centuries-old art form.