Compilation of headshots of artists involved in Music Alive

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 Quartet 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.

For All to Hear

A space that celebrates and features diverse voices from the IBPoC (Indigenous, Black, People of Colour) community of opera artists and other marginalized voices, 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.

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

Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera present a free online broadcast of the new family opera The Flight of the Hummingbird beginning May 19, 2020. Watch as the animals of the forest are inspired to come together by Dukdukdiya, the Hummingbird, to save their beautiful home from a raging fire.

Support future productions of The Flight of the Hummingbird through a donation to the Barry Gilson Memorial Fund, honouring the life of Barry Gilson, co-librettist of The Flight of the Hummingbird.

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.


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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Public Health Update

Pacific Opera is reimagining the 2020/21 opera season to conform to the requirements of British Columbia’s Restart Plan. As activities requiring large gatherings are impossible for the foreseeable future, Pacific Opera has postponed the opera productions that were to be performed at Victoria’s Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse this season. But we will continue to produce opera in the coming months in ways that are both safe and surprising – online and in small gatherings.

Public Health Update November 21, 2020: All events and community-based gatherings are suspended by order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer. The following safety protocols are in place at the Baumann Centre:

  • Controlled entry via video intercom
  • Daily wellness declarations are conducted
  • Physical distancing of 2m is maintained
  • Masks are mandatory in all common areas
  • Hand hygiene is required
  • Robust cleaning and sanitizing procedures
  • Occupancy limits are in place. For detailed information please consult Pacific Opera’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.

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The Flight of the Hummingbird

    On demand broadcast of the enchanting new family opera The Flight of the Hummingbird.

Community Programs

Inside Opera Online

    Robert Holliston chats about everything opera-related. Insightful, friendly, funny – and available whenever you feel like listening.


Listening Party Podcast

    Rebecca Hass and guests share stories about the role music plays in our lives, complete with Spotify playlists and liner notes.