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 marvelous 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. Opera Etc Online is your connection to artists, videos, podcasts, and more.

What's In-Person Now

April 3, 2023 – May 17, 2023

Pacific Opera Victoria is launching a new version of Coloratura. This event is not a concert, it’s AN INTERACTIVE SING-ALONG!

Coloratura: Interactive will bring three artists into your space, two singers, and one a collaborative pianist, to lead everyone in a sing-along of famous opera tunes and Broadway classics, connecting everyone through music.

What's Online Now

At a time when we’re questioning assumptions about the portrayal of women and minorities in all forms of cultural expression, it’s also time to think more critically about the world of opera – an art form essentially sustained by relics and values of past centuries.

Join the conversation with the operatic movers and shakers of the 21st century as they share their thoughts in frank conversations about what has to change for opera to survive.

You are invited to follow the Civic Engagement Artist Residency (previously known as the Civic Engagement Quartet) as they embark on their journey, delving into their own creative potential. The year culminates in a series of video recitals.

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.

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.

A space that celebrates and features diverse voices from the IBPoC (Indigenous, Black, People of Colour) community and historically marginalized or oppressed groups, offering a platform to share music and stories that matter.

Communication of truths is what art and artists can do with unequaled directness. Join us in this space for recitals, conversations, and stories of lived experiences from opera artists across the field.

The Baumann Centre

925 Balmoral Rd
Victoria, BC V8T 1A7

Behind the scenes of filming Inside Opera for Opera Etc.

Three people sit with glass COVID safety dividers between them, a piano and the Opera Etc. banner behind them. A camera is in the forefront of the image, filming thte three subjects as they talk about all things opera.
Timothy Vernon, Michael Shamata, and Rebecca Hass filming an episode of Take Five with Timothy.

The Opera Etc banner is up in the Baumann Centre, with two tall plants on either side of it.