Future Season

Your ticket to the future at the Royal Theatre

As Pacific Opera is bringing opera patrons a ReImagining of the 2020/21 opera season to conform to the requirements of British Columbia’s Restart Plan, we continue to work with artists to prepare for a Future Season that will include Carmen and Don Giovanni.

Stay tuned for an announcement on what is to come in the 2021/22 opera season after the September 7th provincial announcement on the next steps in the BC Restart Plan. In the meantime, our singers and musicians will polish and prepare their roles from home, while our directors, designers and craftspeople will work ahead under safe conditions in the Opera Shop to design and create the staging, sets, and costumes for these productions.

We are also planning future date for the Spanish baroque opera, Los Elementos, and the new family opera The Flight of the Hummingbird.

Please read on for a taste of what is in store as soon as it is safe and responsible to gather once again at the Royal Theatre . . .


Carmen by Georges Bizet

Postponed from the 2019/20 season, Carmen will return – as bewitching as ever! Instantly recognizable and utterly unforgettable, this opera brims with audacious harmonies and irresistible melodies that have earned their place in popular culture. As for the character of Carmen herself, there is no one quite like her. Willful, charismatic, fiercely independent, she defies the razor-thin line between love and hatred, desire and death.

The set for Carmen has been fully built and we are ready to perform for you as soon as it is safe to do so!

Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at Opera Canada’s feature, Constructing Carmen at Pacific Opera Victoria and in the Opera Shop Tour below!


Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart

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.


A message from Artistic Director Timothy Vernon on Pacific Opera Victoria’s readiness to reimagine the 2020/21 Season as our Future Season waits in the wings. Watch our home page as we launch surprising, new ways of exploring opera with our wonderful artists. Join us!

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A costume sketch of a knee length flowing red dress with a V shaped neckline.
Preliminary sketch of Carmen’s dress by costume designer Sylvain Genois.

Costume Sketch of a blue dress with puffy over the shoulder sleeves, a light blue top that is tied with a ribbon at the waist, and flows dowen to ankle length in a darker shad navy blue.
Preliminary sketch of a dress for Micaela by costume designer Sylvain Genois.