Falstaff, 2013

The Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus has an important impact on the high quality of Pacific Opera Victoria's productions and our choice of repertoire. The chorus is made up of talented local singers with a variety of training backgrounds and experience. Adults of all ages, the choristers include community singers, aspiring professionals, and vocal students at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the University of Victoria.

Thanks to a generous anonymous grant, POV provides enhanced training and opportunities to develop the enormous potential of the POV chorus through increased preparation time and coaching; language and music preparation prior to and throughout staging rehearsals, and specialized training in movement and dance as required by the repertoire being produced.

POV offers a Mentoring Artist Program specifically to provide training, encouragement, and public performance opportunities to selected choristers. The choristers benefit from guidance, comprising private work sessions, a forum on career development, and a public master class with a principal artist associated with each mainstage production. The Mentoring Artist Program provides important support for the development of our chorus/comprimario singers and vocal students at the Victoria Conservatory and University of Victoria; the public master class component allows members of the community to expand their knowledge of vocal arts.

With enhanced training and support for our choristers, POV is making great strides toward attracting this community's most promising and dedicated singers, nurturing their development, and presenting a solid, impeccably trained, highly motivated chorus for each production.


Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus, 2013/14 Season

Women's Chorus

Men's Chorus

Marlee Clark (Wetter)
Rebekah Janzen
Cathie Lylock
Natalie Marcaccini
Denise Peters
Carol Pudwell
Eve Richardson
Caroline Sullivan
Chelsey Ternes
Taylor Winfrey

Brian Andiel
Peter Bailey
Scott Crinson
Andy Erasmus
Dale Friesen
Christopher Hinz
Kurt Krebs
Brad l'Ecuyer
Frank May
Gerald Schieven
Cedric Spry


Selected Reviews

The chorus – appearing variously as witches, murderers, citizens and soldiers – has an important role in this opera, and its numbers all register strongly here, most notably the great Act 4 lament of the oppressed Scottish people.
Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist (2012, Macbeth)

This was, first of all, a production without even one weak link: from the minor roles to the major ones to the well-rehearsed and deftly used chorus the singing was uniformly excellent ... The all-male chorus ... sang mightily, pouring out onto the stage and in the Dionysius festival scene making an indelible impact.
J.H. Stape, Review Vancouver (2007, Daphne)

... stellar choral singing, especially ... when Neptune sends a monster to ravage the island. It's a spine-tingling scene....
Times Colonist (2007, Idomeneo)

2014/15 Chorus Auditions

  • Wednesday April 23, 3 to 7 pm
  • Friday April 25, 3 to 7 pm.