Capriccio, 2010. Joshua Hopkins, Erin Wall, Kurt Lehmann. Emily Cooper Photography


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.


Pre-Performance Lobby Lectures

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.


INSIDE OPERA with Robert Holliston

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:
or .

Please specify which session (10 am or noon) you prefer.

INSIDE Opera presentations.

INSIDE Opera sessions take place at
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
MacLaurin Building, University of Victoria School of Music


INSIDE OPERA at the Union Club

Enjoy lunch in elegant surroundings while Robert Holliston presents a special INSIDE Opera at the Union Club of Victoria.

11:45 am to 1:15 pm
Union Club Centennial Ballroom, 805 Gordon Street
$25 per person
includes lunch (soup, sandwich, dainties, tea, coffee).


Please call 250-382-1641 to reserve with payment.

Dress code: Business Dress


Opera Masters

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 material

2015 dates TBC