2019 / 2020 Opera Season

A Season of Celebration

2019/20 marks the beginning of a two-season celebration of Pacific Opera’s 40th Anniversary, with a whirlwind taste of everything opera can be.

We are actively working to reschedule the postponed productions of the new family opera The Flight of the Hummingbird and of the immortal and ever popular Carmen.

The season opened in fall 2019 with three dazzling works: Puccini’s breathtaking trio, Il trittico, the Canadian première of Jonathan Dove’s Flight, and Missing, a groundbreaking opera in English and Gitksan.

A red rose surrounded by scattered rose petals


October 12 to October 18

Bewitching, willful, earthy, Carmen is a woman who dictates her own terms, whatever the cost.
Dukdukdiya stands with her arms spread wide, looking slightly to the sky. Her bright green wings are visible and she wears a hummingbird costume of green and turquoise.

The Flight of the Hummingbird

May 19

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.
Isaiah Bell lays down on the stage, head resting on a suitcase, arms crossed with a look of dismay on his face

The Book of My Shames

April 28 to May 3

A one-man hybrid music-theatre piece, co-created by Isaiah Bell and Sean Guist, with Robert Holliston on piano. Online April 28 to May 3.
The designed image for Flight, showing a man sitting on a suitcase with shadow of an airplane over him as well as a blue sky through a paned window, as though the sun is shining in and reflecting the scene on the white wall he is sitting against.


February 20 to March 1

A Canadian première, Flight is an off-the-wall mix of profundity and high-flying hijinks – and a story of our time. Inspired by the true story of a refugee who lived in an airport for 18 years, Flight is one of the most popular of contemporary operas.




Il trittico

October 2019
Pacific Opera presented the first Canadian production in nearly 50 years of Il trittico, Puccini’s rarely performed masterpiece of three one-act operas: Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi.



November 2019
Set in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and along the Highway of Tears, Missing gives voice, in English and Gitksan, to the story of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Missing made its world première in 2017 and was remounted in November for performances in Victoria, Regina, and Prince George.