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 | 2 sessions: 10 am or noon Learn more
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 Learn more
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 Learn more
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 OCTOBER
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 12:30 to 1:30 pm Learn more
LUNCHBOX OPERA FEBRUARY
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | 12:30 to 1:30 pm Learn more
LUNCHBOX OPERA APRIL
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!

Watch for details!

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 Learn more
Host: Rebecca Hass.
Panelists: Joel Ivany, opera director and Artistic Director of Against the Grain Theatre.
Benjamin Butterfield, Tenor and Professor of Voice, University of Victoria.
Caleb Marshall, Managing Artistic Director of the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
 

IESTYN DAVIES IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT HOLLISTON
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 12:00pm Learn more
Renowned British countertenor Iestyn Davies talks with Robert Holliston about Baroque music, its current popularity, and the role of the countertenor.
 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Thursday, March 5, 2020 | Time TBA

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.
Watch for details!

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 Learn more
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