“You will find us bursting with renewal, rededication, and a fresh desire to bring you the enchantment of Opera!” – Timothy Vernon | Artistic Director
The stage is set for 2022 – Aria ready for opera?
We are readying a return to the Royal Theatre, and continuing to discover new ways to invest in creativity with an exhilarating variety of online programming – videos, podcasts, and more. Explore more below, and meet the artists who are at the very heart of this glorious art form.
Here’s what’s coming up…
The stage is set for a fabulous season with two new live productions at the Royal Theatre and two operas on film that you can enjoy in screenings at Royal Theatre or from the comfort of home.
Bizet’s CARMEN | FEB 23 – MAR 1
Brimming with audacious harmonies and irresistible melodies that have earned their place in popular culture. Wilful, charismatic, fiercely independent, Carmen defies the razor-thin line between love and hatred, death and desire.
Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI | APR 20 – 26
An arresting mix of comedy, melodrama, and tragedy, with music as sublime and seductive as anything Mozart ever wrote. The opera is centuries-old proof that the need for the #MeToo movement is nothing new, and that opera can be both dazzling and relevant to our time.
Raum’s THE GARDEN OF ALICE | FEB 24 & 26
An operatic film adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” by Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum and starring soprano Tracy Dahl. The score opens up new dimensions of charm to bring the many quixotic episodes and characters to life.
Heggie/Scheer’s FOR A LOOK OR A TOUCH | APR 21 & 23
An operatic film adaptation of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s theatrical song cycle what it meant to be a gay man during the Holocaust. The opera features gritty instrumentation, elements of jazz and swing, and a score that captures the spirit of complicated relationships in catastrophic times.
Live at the Baumann:The Italian Lesson and Bon Appétit! | MAR 11 – 23
Take a trip back in time with Megan Latham by peeking in on the antics of 1920’s New York City café society (The Italian Lesson), and 1950’s Boston for an unforgettable visit to Julia Child’s kitchen (Bon Appétit)! A show stopping night of music, Dante’s Inferno, and chocolate cake!
Watch & Listen now…
The Keynotes Collection
A curated exploration of Pacific Opera Victoria’s recent productions. Read notes, watch archival excerpts, and see images from some of our past productions!
For All to Hear
For All to Hear celebrates and features diverse voices from the IBPoC community and historically marginalized or oppressed groups. It is conceived as a platform to provide these artists a place to share music and stories that matter and to give space to their projects, at all stages.
Take Five with Timothy
Your favourite Maestro in conversation with colleagues and collaborators on life and art! Each episode offers five takeaways for reflection on mentorship, artistic creation, curation, leadership, and more.
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.
Opera artists share a song and a chat from their home. Tune in, kick back, and stay connected to the opera you love from the comfort of your own home.
Lunchbox Opera Online
Enjoy a series of intimate “at home” recitals by performers from our past and future seasons.
Listening Party Podcast
Rebecca Hass and guests share stories about the role music plays in our lives. Meet the people, hear the stories, then check out the eclectic Spotify playlists and liner notes!
Watch (and sing along) as opera divas and divos demonstrate proper handwashing procedures while singing popular arias to crazy new lyrics. Washing your hands has never been so much fun!
Inside Opera Online
Join Robert Holliston and guests as they chat about everything opera-related. Recommended for newcomers and opera aficionados alike, Inside Opera Online is insightful, friendly, and funny.