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 a medley of concerts, discussions, films, hands-on experiences, and more. 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.

Opera Etc is everything we do OFF THE STAGE to help opera come alive.

Most Opera Etc. events are free of charge, with donations gratefully accepted.

What's On?

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!

Sunday, April 5, 2020 | 2 sessions: 10 am or noon Learn more

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

Friday, April 3, 2020 | 11:45 am to 1:15 pm Learn more

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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 12:30 to 1:30 pm Learn more

Lunch with a concert! A relaxing way to take a break and take in a bit of music. Brown bag lunches welcome. Tea and coffee will be served.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 12:30 to 1:30 pm Learn more

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!

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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.

April 16, 18, 22, 24 and 26, 2020. | One Hour before Curtain Learn more


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.

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)

Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 6:30 Learn more

The Baumann Centre

925 Balmoral Rd
Victoria, BC V8T 1A7