2020 / 2021 Opera Season

Our Biggest Season Ever!

Pacific Opera Victoria launches the second season of our 40th anniversary celebration with a lineup that surpasses in scope and variety anything we’ve done before.

Die Walküre by Richard Wagner

October 15, 18, 21, 24, 2020
The second opera in Richard Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle, Die Walküre is hardcore opera – transcendent, stunning. Drawn from the world of myth, it is the saga of a family bent on destroying itself, and of Brünnhilde, the Valkyrie who stands up to her father, the god Wotan, and chooses the power of love over the rule of law. This is cosmic drama, with music that is absolutely ravishing!

Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten

February 11, 13, 19, 21, 2021
Benjamin Britten’s final opera, Death in Venice is a haunting meditation on art, beauty, and mortality, blending opera, dance, and a strikingly diverse musical palette. A burnt-out, middle-aged writer travels to Venice to recapture his creativity. As cholera threatens the city, he falls under the thrall of a beautiful boy and loses himself in an abyss of loneliness and desire.
Atom Egoyan returns to Victoria to direct this subtle and brilliantly theatrical work.

Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart

April 8, 10, 14, 16, 18, 2021
Don Giovanni is 230-year-old proof that #MeToo is nothing new and that opera can be both dazzling and relevant to our time. The libertine with a catalogue of conquests has been around forever, and women have long been speaking up and demanding justice.  An arresting mix of comedy, melodrama, and tragedy, with music as sublime and seductive as anything Mozart ever wrote, Don Giovanni has quite rightly been called the opera of all operas.

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Los Elementos by Antonio de Literes

November 7 and 8, 2020
This gorgeous, flamenco-infused Spanish Baroque opera makes its Canadian première in a presentation by the acclaimed Barcelona-based early music ensemble Le Tendre Amour. The four medieval elements (air, earth, fire, water) are portrayed by four sopranos in dazzling flamenco dresses, who meet in a Spanish bar in the 1950s. Created by Antonio de Literes, widely regarded as the greatest Spanish composer of his era, Los Elementos is a revelation, fusing the elegance of Baroque opera with the vibrancy of Spanish rhythm and dance.
Co-presented by Pacific Opera and the Early Music Society of the Islands

Opera Etc. Community Programming

In addition to the mainstage season at the Royal Theatre, Pacific Opera presents year-round community programming, beginning with a summer of song throughout the city!
June 21 marks the opening of 40 Days of Opera – a gift to the community to celebrate 40 years of opera in Victoria. Gear up for a blitz of free opera programming: popup performances in unexpected places, a Voices of Victoria concert with some of our city’s favourite soloists, a 20/20 Opera Exhibit, and opera-flavoured Canada Day festivities.
Next spring, Dukdukdiya (the little Hummingbird) and her forest friends return for an extended tour of The Flight of the Hummingbird, with performances in schools and community spaces across BC in 2021!

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Schedule changes for 2020/21
Die Walküre
Running time: about 4 hours, plus intermissions.
Evening performances begin at 6 pm.
Sunday matinée begins at 12:30 pm.
Altered performance dates allow the singers an additional day of vocal rest between performances

Death in Venice and Don Giovanni
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm.
Sunday matinée remains at 2:30 pm
Wednesday performance for Don Giovanni will be at 7 pm.