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

Nov 7th – Nov 17th, 2023

Coloratura: Songs & Sing-Alongs will delight your community with famous opera and Broadway tunes. Through the magic of voices and piano, our Coloratura artists will offer charming performances and invite audiences to sing along to classic melodies.

What's Online Now

What’s Up With Opera?

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.

Listening Party Podcast

Podcasts with guest artists and a curated Spotify playlist.

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!

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.

Inside Opera

Join Robert Holliston 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.

Pre-Show Lobby Talks

Enhance your opera experience with engaging Pre-Show Lobby Talks led by the insightful Robert Holliston. Delve into the fascinating background, history, and delightful anecdotes about the upcoming show at the Royal Theatre. 

For All to Hear

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.

Acoustic Afternoons

Grab a coffee, take a breath, and enjoy intimate video moments with some of the Pacific Opera family of artists, including short interviews, song performances and more.

Lunchbox Opera

A relaxing way to take a break and take in a bit of music and discussions with experts and artists. Settle down with your lunch or afternoon tea and enjoy a recital in your living room or home office.

Take Five with Timothy

With this video series, Pacific Opera’s Founding 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.

Handwashing Arias

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 Keynotes Collection

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.

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.