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!

Dates

Inside IL TRITTICO
Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 10 am or noon

Inside FLIGHT
Sunday, February 9, 2020 | 2 sessions: 10 am or noon Learn more
Inside CARMEN
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

Dates

INSIDE IL TRITTICO
Friday, October 4, 2019 | 11:45 am to 1:15 pm

INSIDE FLIGHT
Friday, February 7, 2020 | 11:45 am to 1:15 pm Learn more

INSIDE CARMEN
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.

Dates

IL TRITTICO MOTIFS
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12:30 to 1:30 pm

FLIGHT MOTIFS
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | 12:30 to 1:30 pm Learn more
CARMEN MOTIFS
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.

Dates

LUNCHBOX OPERA for IL TRITTICO
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 12:30 to 1:30 pm

LUNCHBOX OPERA for FLIGHT
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 12:30 to 1:30 pm Learn more
LUNCHBOX OPERA for CARMEN
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.

Reservations

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

Location

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 the considerable themes from opera as they relate to the world you live in today. Guest panels engage with moderator Steve Wadhams, former producer of Ideas on CBC Radio. This series connects the issues on your news feed to the operatic art form.

Dates

TRADITIONAL OPERA THROUGH TODAY’S LENS
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:00pm

IESTYN DAVIES IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT HOLLISTON
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 12:00pm

DISCOVERING THE COWICHAN OPERA
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 7 pm Learn more
Explore Tzinquaw, a 1950 opera based on a Quw’utsun (Cowichan) legend

DIVERSITY ON THE STAGE
Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 7 pm Learn more

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.

Dates

IL TRITTICO
October 17, 19, 23, 25 and 27, 2019. | One Hour before Curtain Learn more
FLIGHT
February 20, 22, 28 and March 1, 2020. | One Hour before Curtain Learn more
CARMEN
April 16, 18, 22, 24 and 26, 2020. | One Hour before Curtain Learn more

Experiences

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.

Dates
PICKING UP THE PIECES: THE MAKING OF THE WITNESS BLANKET
Monday, November 25, 2019 | 7:00pm Learn more
THE TERMINAL MAN
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 7:00pm Learn more
OPRE ROMA: GYPSIES IN CANADA
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 7:00pm Learn more

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)

Dates

IL TRITTICO
Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 6:30 pm

FLIGHT
Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 6:30 pm Learn more
CARMEN
Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 6:30 Learn more

The Baumann Centre

925 Balmoral Rd
Victoria, BC V8T 1A7