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Pacific Opera Victoria has earned a reputation for fostering the careers of Canadian artists, presenting a unique blend of repertoire, building original productions, developing co-productions and working partnerships with other arts organizations.
Women in Musical Leadership | Call for Applications
In the 2018 / 2019 season only 6.2% of conductors in the largest six Canadian opera companies were women. There are no female Music Directors currently in the top 10 Canadian opera companies, and the number of female-identifying music directors or assistant conductors in the top 12 Canadian Symphony orchestras who were born and trained in Canada is only 1. We want this to change.
Women in Musical Leadership is a program designed to offer opportunities to top Canadian talent and address the longstanding gender imbalance in music direction and conducting in opera and classical music. It’s an advanced three-year fellowship program for 6 music directors/conductors in cohorts of 2, beginning a year apart. With the support of like-minded organizations across Canada, the goal of Women in Musical Leadership is to provide multi-faceted practical conducting training, mentorship, and professional opportunities to promising conducting talent, allowing them to focus solely on conducting for three years.
Call for Artists
For All to Hear: Pacific Opera offers IBPoC artists an opportunity – a platform – to share your personal, lived experiences as an opera artist.
We offer you this space to speak directly, because we want – and we want our patrons, donors, and community – to understand the profound implications of the world-wide response to George Floyd’s death, and the ongoing systemic inequities that perpetuate racism in our art form and our communities.
If the world is to change, as we know it must, communication of truths – even the hardest truths – is what art and artists can do with unequaled directness. Explore our current activities on offer – all are opportunities for you to share your experience and your art.
For more information, and to start the conversation, visit For All to Hear.
Pacific Opera Victoria identifies Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion among its Core Values and encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.
General Inquiries – Marilyn Walker, Director of Finance
Artist Inquiries – Ereca Hassell, Director of Artistic Administration
Chorus Inquiries – Giuseppe Pietraroia, Chorus Master
Programs for Artists
Learn more at: Opera Etc. for Artists
Sector and Community Membership
Pacific Opera Victoria is a Professional Company Member of Opera.ca, Opera America, and the ProArt Alliance of Greater Victoria. Pacific Opera operates under the aegis of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 168.