The Keynotes Collection

Welcome to the Keynotes Collection – a curated exploration of Pacific Opera Victoria’s recent productions. Here are articles from our Keynotes Newsletter, incisive Programme Notes from Artistic Director Timothy Vernon, and insightful Notes from the Directors of each production. You can also enjoy video trailers and read selections from media reviews.

Relive the magic of productions you’ve seen.
Discover more about operas you love.
Revel in the eye candy of our production photos.

Dip your toe into new opera experiences (the water is warm). Come back frequently to see what’s new as we add to the collection.


A high-flying comedy and a touching story of our time.
Canadian Première, February 2020

A 20th century opera about people with places to go and lives to change, Flight launched Jonathan Dove as one of today’s most acclaimed composers. Pacific Opera’s production was directed and designed by the renowned team of Morris Panych and Ken MacDonald, who created our 2016 production of The Barber of Seville.

An airport is a place to get away from. But it becomes a place for unexpected encounters when a group of travelers and airport workers are grounded overnight by a storm. Inspired by the true story of a refugee who lived in an airport for 18 years, Flight is surprisingly playful, sometimes risqué – and it frequently soars into sheer poetry.


Flight, February 2020. David Cooper Photography


Il trittico

Three operas … one mind-blowing work
October 2019

The last opera Puccini completed, Il trittico has been called his greatest achievement. When all three of its one-act operas are staged together, the experience is an emotional roller-coaster ride through everything opera can be. The trio includes Il tabarro (The Cloak), Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi. Despite Puccini’s insistence that all three operas be performed together, this rarely happens, as it is such a massive and complicated undertaking.

Pacific Opera’s production, directed by Glyis Leyshon with design by Pam Johnson, was the first Canadian production of this masterpiece in nearly 50 years.


Todd Thomas, Aviva Fortunata in Il tabarro. David Cooper Photography


Countess Maritza

Emmerich Kálmán’s luscious operetta is a celebration of the delights of music, dance, and romance.
April 2019

When the beguiling young Countess Maritza invents a fiancé in order to keep her hordes of admirers at bay, it’s inevitable that she will find true love by the end of the story.

With plenty of plot twists and fireworks, a happy ending, and scrumptious music from the heyday of Viennese operetta, this romantic comedy is sophisticated, nostalgic, and unabashedly entertaining – a joyous reminder that not all opera is “a song of love and death.”


Michael Barrett and Leslie Ann Bradley, Countess Maritza, 2019. David Cooper Photography


La traviata

One of opera’s most enduring love stories
February 2019

In this sumptuous production, set in the 1920s, Violetta is a music hall artist – beautiful, sought after, but not quite respectable. As her tragedy unfolds, we marvel again at Verdi’s compassionate and extravagantly melodic portrayal of a woman who isn’t allowed to fit in.

This historic five-company co-production was designed to be staged for audiences across Canada over the span of three seasons. It was performed at Manitoba Opera and Edmonton Opera in 2018. Following its Victoria run, the production moved to Vancouver Opera in fall 2019 and is scheduled to be presented at Opéra de Montréal in 2021/22.


Choristers in La traviata, 2019. David Cooper Photography