2020/21 ReImagined

Opera for All

In these unusual times, serving our company vision – to produce inspired original productions and to provide opportunities to artists at all stages of their careers – calls for unusual thinking. Pacific Opera is forging ahead and making good on our reputation for engaging world-class artists and creating compelling original works.


Live at the Baumann | Daniel Okulitch & Lara Secord-Haid
October 30 – November 1

Performances offered in person in the Wingate Studio for a physically distanced audience, with a live streamed performance available on Friday, October 30.

Next Live at the Baumann on sale & artist announcement on October 21.

Check back often as we continue to share with you more 2020/21 Reimagined Projects including new operas created for the small screen, engaging programming for youth and families, and chamber performances for small audiences streamed online from the Baumann Centre.

The Flight of the Hummingbird

An environmental fable about moral courage, The Flight of the Hummingbird encourages doing what we can for our planet – a fitting call to action for these turbulent times. We are also doing what we can to meet the needs of vulnerable young artists, and of youth, educators, and families during this unprecedented time.

Enjoy a recorded performance of The Flight of the Hummingbird and complementary arts-based learning resources

MUSIC ALIVE CITIZEN ARTIST PROGRAM

Pacific Opera has engaged four young professionals across Canada and four local young artists in a creation residency that, thanks to the magic of Zoom and ten professional mentors, provides workshops, individual coaching, and performance opportunities, culminating in the creation of eight new digital performances.

These resident artists will be focused on training that builds cultural capacity and understanding of Indigenous protocols and world views to empower creative community work and performancesThis includes training in practising their art in a digital world. Sessions on storytelling, acting and singing for the camera, and sound and video skills will build to the creation of their Music Video Recital Project. The artists will be mentored by soprano Miriam Khalil as they each create a music video using song, story, and images to tell a story that is personal and impactful to them. The video will be professionally edited and produced and shared online by Pacific Opera. 

In addition they will receive music and theatre coaching on repertoire preparation, language, lyric diction, body mapping, Alexander Technique, and more. All eight resident artists will also receive career coaching and life balance coaching for artists.  

The Civic Engagement Artists will be working with local organizations in workshops and clinics via zoom this year. Intercultural Association Youth Drop In, The Art Gallery of Victoria, the Greater Victoria Library and The Royal BC Museum to name a few.  

TAKE FIVE WITH TIMOTHY: With this new video series, Pacific Opera’s Artistic Director Timothy Vernon shares his inside knowledge of opera and his idiosyncratic perspective on the art form. Expect thoughtful – and off-the-wall – discussions of opera and the people who make it happen.

INSIDE OPERA: Robert Holliston, the host of Pacific Opera’s Inside Opera and pre-show Lobby Talks, presents a series of video chats with special guests about everything opera-related. Recommended for newcomers and opera aficionados alike, Inside Opera Online is insightful, friendly, and funny.

FOR ALL TO HEAR: For all to Hear celebrates and features diverse voices from the IBPoC community of artists offering a platform to share music and stories that matter.

LISTENING PARTY PODCAST: Rebecca Hass and guests share favourite stories about the role music plays in the lives of our artists, creative team, and collaborators. Each podcast is accompanied by a curated Spotify Playlist.

KEYNOTES COLLECTION: Pacific Opera’s recent productions are revisited through video excerpts, photos, reviews, articles from our Keynotes Newsletter, and insightful Programme Notes from our stage directors and Artistic Director. This is a chance to relive the magic of these productions and discover more about some of the amazing operas Pacific Opera has staged.

COLORATURA: Pacific Opera’s program of free performances in residential and care facilities has moved online to offer physically distant programming to residents of care facilities, many of them under lockdown and enduring far greater isolation than most people in BC. The singers gain from the opportunity to put their vocal and theatrical training to work while bringing the joy of performance to the residents. Coloratura will be delivered virtually three times this season, with a fall edition, a Christmas edition, and a spring edition.

LIVING OPERA offers 40-minute classroom workshop videos for students in grades 3 to 8. These workshops are aligned with the Big Ideas, Learning Standards, Curricular Competencies, and Content of the BC Arts Curriculum. Pacific Opera will deliver a series of video workshops for schools and online learners and for the Learning Programs at the Royal BC Museum, the Greater Victoria Public Library, Victoria Native Friendship Centre RAVE Youth Drop-In, and the Inter-cultural Association of Greater Victoria.

Our two teaching artists, Geoff Malcolm (Super Geoff) and Anna Shill (Opera Anna), will explore voice types; non-verbal story telling through mask work; choreography, period dance styles, and a discussion of historical authenticity in productions.

TEACHERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAYS provide educators with the tools and inspiration to help them in the classroom and serve as an important catalyst for engaging young people in the arts. In recent years Pacific Opera has collaborated with the Greater Victoria Public Library, the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, and the Royal BC Museum to offer a free day of professional development for K-12 educators.

This year, this popular Professional Development event will be delivered digitally with representatives of the Library, Opera, and Royal BC Museum offering insights on how their programming integrates arts, culture, music, and heritage and connects curriculum to culture.

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (ADP)

To ensure the continuity of emerging artists’ career development, we are moving our 2020/21 ADP online and providing virtual training at no cost to Pacific Opera choristers and local artists.

This year’s ADP programming will include individual artist mentorships; workshops on artist wellness, self-promotion, and digital and entrepreneurial skills.

Safe to Run, a Bystander Intervention Training Workshop, will provide participants with practical tools to ensure safe and effective rehearsal rooms, articulate and respect boundaries, and contribute to a culture change in the rehearsal room.

Teaching Artist Workshops will help artists develop a practice informed by Indigenous perspectives and cultural competency/humility. Using Equity as a lens, these workshops will help teaching artists who want to develop skills to integrate Indigenous and multicultural perspectives, cultural diversity, and sustainability practices into their practice. 

ADP Program clinicians include Lyndsay Promane, Professional Development Mentor; Teiya Kasahara and Aria Umezawa from Amplified Opera in workshops (Fire the Canon, Bystander Intervention); Miriam Khalil, masterclass; Shawn Macdonald, story and theatrical creation; coach-accompanist Kim Bartczak, Artistic Director Timothy Vernon, Chorus Master and Associate Conductor Giuseppe (Joey) Pietraroia, and more guest artists and mentors to come. Director of Community Engagement Rebecca Hass, an experienced performer and educator, works with each instructor to design the program components.

Offering the program online will present new opportunities to engage national artists and mentors who would not normally be available to come to Victoria to work with our emerging artists.