2017-18 Season: Jenůfa, La bohème, Rinaldo, plus two new Canadian operas: Rattenbury and Missing


POV's inspiring 2017/18 mainstage season opens with the company première of Janáček's monumental opera Jenůfa, followed by one of Puccini's most beloved classics, La bohème.

The season ends with Rinaldo, one of Handel's most brilliant and dramatic accomplishments.

In addition, we present two new Canadian operas at the Baumann Centre in November: the staged première of Tobin Stokes' Rattenbury, co-presented with The Other Guys Theatre Company; and the world première production of Missing by Marie Clements and Brian Current, co-commissioned and co-produced by POV and City Opera Vancouver.


Mainstage Operas at the Royal Theatre


The piece with which Janáček conquered the world.

Music and Libretto by Leoš Janáček
Based on the play Její pastorkyňa by Gabriela Preissová

October 12 to 22, 2017, at the Royal Theatre

Internationally known director Atom Egoyan returns to Victoria to direct Leoš Janáček's gripping masterpiece, Jenůfa. This monument of 20th century opera centres on the relationship between two formidable women – Jenůfa and her stepmother – and the consequences when Jenůfa has a child out of wedlock. Janáček's distinctive musical voice, mixing folk harmonies with the rhythms of spoken Czech, is radiant and haunting.

  • Conductor: Timothy Vernon
  • Director: Atom Egoyan
  • Production Designer: Debra Hanson
  • Lighting Designer: Michael Walton

  • Jenůfa: Lara Ciekiewicz
  • Kostelnička: Emilia Boteva
  • Laca: Colin Judson
  • Števa: Adam Luther
  • Grandmother: Lynne McMurtry
  • Stárek: Peter McGillivray
  • Karolka: Andrea Hill



Young love, Paris, and Puccini ... resistance is futile.

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henry Murger

February 15 to 25, 2018, at the Royal Theatre

One of the most loved operas of all time, Puccini's La bohème is a gorgeous, nostalgic slice of life about a group of young friends hanging out together, experiencing Paris and love, and loss. Puccini's music sparkles with humour, pours out lush, sumptuous melodies, and is always completely irresistible. In the role of Mimi, we are thrilled to welcome back South Korean soprano Jee Hye Han, who in 2015 captivated POV audiences in Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

  • Conductor: Giuseppe Pietraroia
  • Director: Maria Lamont
  • Production Designer: Camellia Koo
  • Lighting Designer: Kevin Lamotte
  • Mimi: Jee Hye Han
  • Rodolfo: Jason Slayden
  • Marcello: Brett Polegato
  • Musetta: Lucia Cesaroni



One of Handel's most flamboyant accomplishments

Music by George Frideric Handel
Libretto by Giacomo Rossi from a scenario provided by Aaron Hill
Based on the epic poem Gerusalemme liberata by Torquato Tasso

April 19 to 29, 2018, at the Royal Theatre

Handel's first big hit for the London stage, Rinaldo contains some of his most ravishing music and is an exotic story of war, religion, love, and sorcery. As a Christian army prepares to lay siege to Jerusalem during the First Crusade, politics, passion, and magic complicate matters. Glynis Leyshon will direct this masterpiece of Baroque opera.

  • Conductor: Timothy Vernon
  • Director: Glynis Leyshon
  • Rinaldo: Andrey Nemzer
  • Almirena: Stéphanie Lessard
  • Armida: Jennifer Taverner
  • Goffredo: David Trudgen
  • Argante: Christopher Dunham


Canadian Operas at the Baumann Centre


The tempestuous life and death of Victoria's most notorious architect.

Music and libretto by Tobin Stokes
Staged première, in collaboration with The Other Guys Theatre Company

November 3 to 12, 2017, at the Baumann Centre

Meet Francis Rattenbury, architect of Victoria's Parliament Buildings and Empress Hotel – self-promoter, adulterer, alcoholic ... and murder victim. Victoria-based composer Tobin Stokes tells the story of the architect whose murder by his young wife's teenage lover led to one of the most sensational murder trials of the 1930s. Internationally renowned tenor Richard Margison performs the title role in this new opera about – and for – Victoria.

  • Conductor: Arthur Arnold
  • Rattenbury: Richard Margison
  • Alma: Kathleen Brett



A story everyone knows, from the vantage of a woman no one remembers.

Music by Brian Current
Libretto by Marie Clements

World première production, co-commissioned and co-produced by Pacific Opera Victoria and City Opera Vancouver

November 17 to 25, 2017, at the Baumann Centre

A new chamber opera by Métis playwright Marie Clements and Juno-winning composer Brian Current, Missing gives voice, in English and Gitxsan, to the story of Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women. Set in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and along the Highway of Tears, Missing is a poetic expression of loss and hope, its creation led by aboriginal theatre and opera artists.

Missing will première in Vancouver on November 1, 2017, at a private event for the families, followed by public performances at Vancouver's York Theatre November 3 to 11. The production then moves to the Baumann Centre for Pacific Opera Victoria for performances November 17, 19, 21, 23, and 25.

  • Conductor: Timothy Long
  • Director: Peter Hinton
  • Dr. Wilson: Marion Newman

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July 10, 2017


Performances of Jenůfa, La bohème, and Rinaldo take place at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, Victoria.

Performances of Rattenbury and Missing take place at the Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road, Victoria.