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 help opera come alive. 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. And the world we’re living in now is challenging us to remain Physically Distant but Socially Connected – meaning Opera Etc Online is your connection to videos, podcasts, and more.

What's On Online

Physically Distant – Socially Connected. Opera Etc. Online.

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!

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.

Opera Etc. In Person

Live and Physically Distant

Pacific Opera Is Making Music in the Community

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

They’ll even take requests as they share their voices and storytelling gifts.

Opera Etc. In Person (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

Pacific Opera Is Making Music in the Community

Pop-Up Opera brings music to the streets of Victoria for everyone to enjoy. Get up close and personal with the glory of the human voice at local street fairs, festivals, and more. Enjoy performances by  singers from Pacific Opera’s Artist Development Program.  They’ll even take requests as they share their voices and storytelling gifts.

This is an excellent opportunity to discover and delight in beautiful singing with family, friends, and children.  We look forward to seeing you!

Watch for details!

Dialogues and 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