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Programs for Artists

Pacific Opera is committed to creating opportunities for artists. 

Artist Residencies offer immersive opportunities for skills development and mentorship, support for projects at various stages of development, and a home  for ensembles who wish to create.

Artist Development Programs provide support for regional singers and students of voice with a suite of initiatives delivered by distinguished teachers, singers, creative artists, and specialists in voice, music, theatre, stage design and direction.

Artist Residencies

Pacific Opera supports early career practitioners to develop their opera practice through extended residencies of up to one year with the organization. We offer residencies and internships tailored to the artist’s interests and expertise, and opportunities to work alongside some of Canada’s most accomplished opera artists. Residencies will provide immersive opportunities for skills development, mentorship, and the advancement of professional networks.

Pacific Opera will provide successful applicants with work space for the duration of the residency, provide return transportation, and assistance in securing accommodation. Pacific Opera will collaborate with successful applicants to plan the residency, timelines, establishing mentor relationships, and guidance on career planning.

Financial Support

Financial support is contingent upon grants successfully awarded by third party funding programs. A minimum of eight months lead time is required to make applications for financial support from programs including, but not limited to the following:

  • British Columbia Arts Council – Early Career Development Program
  • Canada Council for the Arts – Supporting Artistic Practice
  • Employment and Social Development Canada – Canada Summer Jobs Program

Apply

Pacific Opera welcomes applications from stage directors, designers, conductors, collaborative pianists and arts administrators who have completed training in their discipline with a recognized arts program.

How to Apply

Residencies are accepted year-round, on a rolling basis. Early Career professionals are encouraged to contact Ereca Hassell, Director of Artistic Administration, in advance of making a formal application to confirm eligibility.

Application Stage 1 – Provide a written statement (up to 750 words) outlining your artistic-career objectives, and describe how a residency with Pacific Opera Victoria will help you meet those objectives.

Application Stage 2 – Successful applicants will be invited to:

  • Attend a telephone or in-person interview with Pacific Opera personnel
  • Submit a resume or artistic CV, including relevant education, artistic works, and related experience.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from recognized authorities in your discipline, commenting on your ability and on the value of the residency for professional development.
  • Submit up to five (5) minutes of audio-visual support

Adjudication

Adjudication is conducted internally by staff representing artistic disciplines of opera, classical music, new music, conducting, piano, voice, stage direction, design, production, classical and contemporary theatre.

Evaluation

Upon completion of the residency, artists in residence are requested to provide a public demonstration of their work, in a format chosen by mutual agreement of the artist and Pacific Opera, such as a workshop, performance, audio/visual recording, written report or white paper.

Information

Pacific Opera invites project proposals from individual artists, artistic collectives, and companies of all sizes. Artists with projects at various stages of development are encouraged to apply – whether at the conceptual, creation, development, refinement, or redevelopment stage of a work.

Pacific Opera will provide up to 70 hours of studio/rehearsal/performance space in the Wingate Studio, as well as staging, audio-visual, and recording equipment, and up to 8 hours of technical support. Up to 8 hours of marketing or front of house support may be provided for public programs.

Duration of residencies is negotiable. Please inquire for details.

Financial Support

Financial support is only available from third party funding programs. Pacific Opera will provide written confirmation of residency, and offer support to projects wishing to make applications for financial support from third party funding programs.

Apply

Pacific Opera welcomes applications from artists, bold artistic collaborations and companies who embody artistic excellence in a diversity of performing arts disciplines including opera, theatre arts, classical and new music, or related performance practice.

How to Apply

Residencies are accepted year-round, on a rolling basis. Artists are encouraged to contact Rebecca Hass, Director of Community Engagement, in advance of making a formal application to confirm eligibility.

Application Stage 1 – Provide a written statement (up to 750 words) outlining your objectives, and describe how this project will help you meet those objectives.

Application Stage 2 – Successful applicants will be invited to:

  • Attend a telephone or in-person interview with Pacific Opera personnel
  • Submit ensemble bios, including relevant education, artistic works, and related experience.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from recognized authorities in your discipline, commenting on your ability and the value of the residency for your professional practice.
  • Submit up to five (5) minutes of audio-visual support

Adjudication

Adjudication is conducted internally by staff representing artistic disciplines of opera, classical music, new music, conducting, piano, voice, stage direction, design, production, classical and contemporary theatre.

Evaluation

Upon completion of the residency, project artists are requested to provide a public demonstration of their work, in a format chosen by mutual agreement of the ensemble and Pacific Opera, such as a workshop, performance, audio/visual recording, written report or white paper.

Information

Pacific Opera supports emerging and established ensembles who wish to be creative, curious; to play, to make and to experiment. We offer ensemble residencies up to one week in duration, tailored to the ensemble’s interests and needs.

Pacific Opera will provide up to 35 hours of studio/rehearsal/performance space in the Wingate Studio, as well as staging, audio-visual, and recording equipment, and up to 8 hours of technical support. Up to 8 hours of marketing or front of house support may be provided for public programs.

Duration of residencies is negotiable. Please inquire for details.

Financial Support

Financial support is only available from third party funding programs. Pacific Opera will provide written confirmation of residency, and offer support to ensembles wishing to make applications for financial support from third party funding programs such as the following:

  • Canada Council for the Arts – Supporting Artistic Practice

Apply

Pacific Opera welcomes applications from ensembles who embody artistic excellence in a diversity of performing arts disciplines including opera, theatre arts, classical and new music, or related performance practice.

How to Apply

Residencies are accepted year-round, on a rolling basis. Ensembles are encouraged to contact Rebecca Hass, Director of Community Engagement, in advance of making a formal application to confirm eligibility.

Application Stage 1 – Provide a written statement (up to 750 words) outlining your objectives, and describe how this project will help you meet those objectives.

Application Stage 2 – Successful applicants will be invited to:

  • Attend a telephone or in-person interview with Pacific Opera personnel
  • Submit ensembles bios, including relevant education, artistic works, and related experience.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from recognized authorities in your discipline, commenting on your ability and the value of the residency for your professional practice.
  • Submit up to five (5) minutes of audio-visual support

Adjudication

Adjudication is conducted internally by staff representing artistic disciplines of opera, classical music, new music, conducting, piano, voice, stage direction, design, production, classical and contemporary theatre.

Evaluation

Upon completion of the residency, ensembles are requested to provide a public demonstration of their work, in a format chosen by mutual agreement of the ensemble and Pacific Opera, such as a workshop, performance, audio/visual recording, written report or white paper.

Information

Artist Auditions

Pacific Opera welcomes inquiries from artists interested in auditioning for solo and chorus roles, as well as inquiries from creative artists (including conductors, directors, designers, stage managers and craftspeople).

There are no audition notices at this time

Pacific Opera Victoria has earned a reputation for fostering the careers of Canadian artists, presenting a unique blend of repertoire, building original productions, developing co-productions and working partnerships with other arts organizations.

Pacific Opera Victoria identifies Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion among its Core Values and encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

Artist Development Program

Deconstruct the art of singing as guest stars coach emerging regional artists. Master classes with distinguished visiting artists feature some of Canada’s finest musical artists, selected for their teaching skill and professional experience. Each class focuses on a particular topic, repertoire style, or voice type and provides superb learning opportunities for early-career singers.

Dates

To Be Announced

Reservations

Artists are asked to email rebecca@pacificopera.ca to confirm attendance.

Location

Wingate Studio, the Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road

This dynamic workshop curriculum addresses such topics as stage movement, stage combat, acting technique, character development, and more, and is crafted to complement the demands of Pacific Opera’s productions and the needs of the participants. Workshops are offered to the Pacific Opera Chorus and to students of the Victoria Conservatory of Music Opera Studio and University of Victoria School of Music.

Dates

To be Announced

Reservations

Artists are asked to email rebecca@pacificopera.ca to confirm attendance.

Location

Wingate Studio, the Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road

Lyric Diction workshops are integrated into music rehearsals for Pacific Opera’s productions to accommodate the schedules of choristers, while being open to other participating artists. These workshops provide focused instruction in singing in the language of the current production, helping participants to learn the basics of diction and the demands of singing idiomatically in languages other than English.

Dates

To be Announced

Reservations

Artists are asked to email rebecca@pacificopera.ca to confirm attendance.

Location

Wingate Studio, the Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road

Feedback Auditions are held in time for participants to prepare for real auditions with education institutions and opera companies. Each participant performs an audition and receives individual written feedback from a panel of opera and theatre professionals. Feedback may cover presentation, body language, CV, Headshot, repertoire choices, and more. A follow-up group feedback clinic examines CVs and bios in more detail and allows participants to analyze and build upon their audition experiences.

Dates

To be Announced

Reservations

Artists are asked to email rebecca@pacificopera.ca to confirm attendance.

Location

Wingate Studio, the Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road