The exhilaration of a night at the opera, the synergy of music, human passion, dramatic action, and visual effects – nothing comes close to the richness and excitement of the opera experience.
The more you know and understand about the opera you are seeing, the richer the experience. The humour will be more immediate, the drama more poignant, the meaning more profound.
POV provides a synopsis in the house programme and surtitles on screen to help explain the opera when you're in the theatre.
We also bring you ways to discover the depth and delight of each opera outside the walls of the theatre.
Ticket holders for each opera performance are invited to arrive early and hear an entertaining introduction to the evening's opera. Robert Holliston, our genial and erudite guide chats about the composer, the opera, and the music. A delightful introduction to your evening`s 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 evening`s performance. No reservations are required. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Enjoy a FREE, in-depth presentation and discussion of each upcoming POV production led by Principal Coach Robert Holliston and featuring invited guests, including directors, designers and cast members.
Due to popular demand we offer two sessions of INSIDE Opera – at 10 am and at noon. Reserve NOW!
Free of charge. Free Parking. Bring a friend!
Please reserve in advance:
250-385-0222 or .
Please specify which session (10 am or noon) you prefer.
Sessions for Ariadne auf Naxos and The Marriage of Figaro take place at
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
MacLaurin Building, University of Victoria School of Music
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Public vocal classes are conducted by visiting artists and coaches. Observe as these master teather coach selected young artists, including members of the POV chorus. These master classes are an entertaining and informative way for the general public to see the teaching and learning process and to understand more of the complexity and challenges behind musical expression.
For voice students and teachers, these master classes are a phenomenal opportunity to see a master teacher in action and to learn other interpretations and approaches to the materialWingate Studio, 925 Balmoral Road
Thursday January 30, 7pm (90 min.)
J. Patrick Raftery
The Major Domo in Ariadne auf Naxos, a tenor, and a voice teacher with the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Mr. Raftery will coach three Victoria singers.
Monday February 17, 7pm (90 min.)
The Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos, a baritone and voice teacher at the Queen's University Faculty of Music, Mr. Kelly will coach three Victoria singers.
Monday March 24, 7pm (90 min.)
The Conductor and Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria coaches three Victoria singers on Mozart repertoire.