Opera Etc.

for Everyone

Dialogue, Music & Education

Opera can surprise you. Both on and off the stage, it offers intriguing ways to see the world and marvellous reasons to connect with the people around us.

Opera Etc is everything we do OFF THE STAGE and ONLINE to bring opera to your life. It is Pacific Opera’s invitation to you to discover, learn, and enjoy. You may not figure out the meaning of life, but you will find new ways to explore art in the context of the world in which we live. In the current world we’re living, where it can be challenging to remain Physically Distant but Socially Connected, Opera Etc Online is your connection to artists, videos, podcasts, and more.

What's Online Now

Physically Distant | Socially Connected

Join us for the Listening Party Podcast as Rebecca Hass and guests share favourite stories about the role music plays in the lives of our artists, creative team, and collaborators – and in your life as an arts lover.

After each podcast, tune in to Pacific Opera’s Spotify Playlists. A new Listening Party Playlist is added every week. Meet the people, hear the stories, experience the music!

One Conversation | Five Reflections

With this new video series, Pacific Opera’s Artistic Director Timothy Vernon shares his inside knowledge of opera and his idiosyncratic perspective on the art form. Expect thoughtful – and off-the-wall – discussions of opera and the people who make it happen.

Online and on demand. Grab a coffee, take a breath, and enjoy intimate video moments with some of the Pacific Opera family of artists.

Inside Opera with Robert Holliston is moving online. Join Robert Holliston, the regular host of Inside Opera and of Pacific Opera’s pre-show Lobby Talks, for a series of chats with special guests about everything opera-related. Recommended for newcomers and opera aficionados alike, Inside Opera Online is insightful, friendly, and funny. It’s also available on demand whenever you feel like listening.

Lunchbox Opera has moved off stage and online for the foreseeable future to continue to share the love of opera and the knowledge of our artists and community.
A relaxing way to take a break and take in a bit of music. Settle down with your lunch or afternoon tea and enjoy a recital in your living room or home office.

Washing your hands has never been so much fun! Sing along as artists from our past and future productions perform popular arias to new words while demonstrating proper handwashing technique.

The Flight of the Hummingbird is an enchanting new opera for the whole family – and a call to action for all of us to do what we can.
A free online broadcast of the 45-minute opera will be available on demand beginning May 19, 2020, along with additional learning resources and videos.

Relive Pacific Opera’s recent productions through video excerpts, photos, reviews, articles from our Keynotes Newsletter, and insightful Programme Notes from our stage directors and Artistic Director.
Relive the magic of these productions and discover more about some of the amazing operas Pacific Opera has staged.

For All to Hear celebrates and features diverse voices from the IBPoC (Indigenous, Black, People of Colour) community of artists and other marginalized voices, offering a platform to share music and stories that matter.

Bridging together the power of song and lived experience, For All to Hear is a gathering space for artists to speak directly, because the communication of truths is what art and artists can do with unequaled directness.

You are invited to follow along here, where we’ll share photos and artist vlogs (video blogs) showcasing the artists’ process, their a-ha moments, and each of the personal journeys as they discovering their own creative potential. The year culminates in a series of eight Music Alive video recitals.

Opera Etc. In Person

Live and Physically Distant

Pacific Opera Is Making Music in the Community

Pop-Up Opera brought music to the streets of Victoria as opera singers travel and perform in public spaces throughout the Capital Regional District

Opera Etc. (in person programs, currently on hiatus)

Musical Performance & Perspectives

This free – and really relaxing – opera preview helps you discover even more about each original Pacific Opera production. Host Robert Holliston chats about each opera and brings in special guests from the cast and creative team for interviews and performances. Whether you have opera tickets or not, whether you’re an opera newbie or an expert, this is your chance to explore the coming production.
Free of charge. Free Parking. Bring a friend!


We will reconvene when it is safe to do so.

Enjoy lunch in elegant surroundings while Robert Holliston presents a special INSIDE OPERA at the Union Club of Victoria with guests from the cast of the upcoming production.

$35 per person includes lunch (soup, sandwich, dessert, tea, coffee).

Dress code: Business Dress


TBA, when it is safe to gather again.

Robert Holliston examines a specific topic related to each of Pacific Opera’s productions. Discover your inner scholar without once feeling as if you’re in school. Free and open to all, whether you have an opera ticket or not.

Brown bag lunches welcome. Tea and coffee will be served.


TBA, when it is safe to gather again.

Coloratura brings opera into retirement residences and care facilities. Emerging singers from Pacific Opera present free performances to residents who might not otherwise be able to enjoy the live performing arts. Each performance features a trio of singers, accompanied by Robert Holliston, who also curates the session with his entertaining commentary.
Coloratura’s programming reflects and is inspired by each upcoming production. The residents, many of whom contend with isolation and mental and physical issues, have responded with enthusiasm.
Through Coloratura, Pacific Opera is able to share opera with the community, showcase some of the amazing vocal talent in this region, and introduce seniors to this amazing art form.
Coloratura is offered in collaboration with the Health Arts Society.


Staff of residential care facilities may contact Rebecca Hass at 250-382-1641 or rebecca@pacificopera.ca to arrange a Coloratura performance


Various regional care facilities

Dialogues & Education

Discover the profound relevance of opera in today’s changing world.

Explore themes from opera as they relate to the world you live in today. Guest panels engage in discussions that connect the issues on your news feed to the operatic art form.

Ticket holders for each opera performance are invited to arrive early and hear an entertaining introduction to the opera. Robert Holliston, our genial and erudite guide chats about the composer, the opera, and the music. A delightful introduction to your opera experience!
Each pre-show lecture takes place in the west lobby of the Royal Theatre, beginning one hour before curtain. The lecture is free to ticket holders for the performance. No reservations are required. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.


TBA: When our performances resume.


Explore the world that surrounds the stories of your favorite operas through film and documentary. Some films will be followed by a short curated discussion.


When it is safe to reconvene.

Pre-performance reception to celebrate the opening night of each production. Gourmet finger foods and wine. Space is limited. Dress is festive.
6:30 pm in the East Lobby of the Royal Theatre
$35 per person plus your opera ticket.
(Complimentary for donors at Patron level and above. Invitations will be sent)


When our Royal Theatre performances can safely resume.

The Baumann Centre

925 Balmoral Rd
Victoria, BC V8T 1A7