Future Season

Your ticket to the future at the Royal Theatre

As Pacific Opera is bringing opera partons 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, Death in Venice, and Don Giovanni.

Activities requiring large gatherings are impossible for the foreseeable future, and so we have postponed the opera productions that were to be performed at Victoria’s Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse in 2020/21.  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!


Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten

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.


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.

Costume Sketch of Apollo's costume for Death in Venice. He is earing a gold mask with leaves growing out of the top two corners of the mask. He is in a black suit embroidered with intricate god designs that cover the entirety of the suit, and the cape he wears overtop, making him look like the sun itself.
Costume sketch of Apollo for Death in Venice by designer Debra Hanson.

Two angles of the Traveler, one full body showing him in a plain white mask and top hat with a cloak that flows to the ground, covering his entire body. The second is from the waist up with the cloak open, revealing a silver gray suit. Both sketches show an air of mystery in the character, giving away none of his secrets.
Costume sketch of the Traveler for Death in Venice by designer Debra Hanson.

A close up and full body sketch of a person waring a hooded cloak and golden black mask. An ominous air to the look, the cloak covers the entire person, flowing to the ground like molten gold, tied with a bow at the nape of the neck.
Costume sketch of the look for the Chorus members for Death in Venice by designer Debra Hanson.