& Engagement

Madama Butterfly, 2015. Nate Ingram, Arminče Kassabian, Jee Hye Han. 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 many ways to discover the depth and delight of each opera outside the walls of the theatre.


Opera for Schools

  • Student Dress Rehearsal Program: Full-time students in elementary, middle, secondary and post-secondary institutions, as well as home learners, have the opportunity to attend the dress rehearsals for POV's productions. Tickets are ordered through the educational institutions.

  • Living Opera: Complimentary in-class workshops before each opera.

  • Student Rush Tickets: Just $15!

  • Opera in Schools Program: Staged opera performances in regional schools.

Artist Training

  • Workshops, master classes, and more, for students of voice and practicing artists working in the fields of music, theatre, stage design and direction.

Opera for the Community

  • Inside Opera with Robert Holliston: Free opera previews hosted by POV's Principal Coach Robert Holliston.

  • Inside Opera at the Union Club: Lunch at the Union Club, plus an opera preview by Robert Holliston.

  • 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.

  • Events at the Baumann Centre: A wide variety of education and engagement events at the Baumann Centre for Pacific Opera Victoria.

  • Free Community Concerts: From time to time, POV artists perform free concerts at selected community venues and seniors' residences.

  • Master Classes: Free public master classes. Observe as one of POV's principal artists coaches selected members of the POV chorus, followed by a question-and-answer period. Dates to be confirmed.

Read, Listen, and Discover

  • Study Guides for each opera are available for download and further learning.

  • Online resources: POV's Best of Youtube, Production design images, cast biographies, synopsis and background for each opera, and more. All are at your fingertips, helping you prepare for and discover the unexpected in each opera.

  • Key Notes: POV's newsletter, sent to all subscribers and donors, provides insights into each opera and details of related events.

POV Enews

POV Study Guides and Opera Resources


NRS Foundation

Victoria Foundation

Chorus Development & Raising Voices

Canadian Western Bank

Student Dress Rehearsal Program

ALACS Foundation

Koerner Foundation

Moss Rock Park Foundation

McLean Foundation

Quail Rock Foundation

Stewart Fund

RBC Foundation

British Columbia Arts Council, Sponsored by the Province of British Columbia

Raising Voices Youth Education & Artist Training


David Spencer Memorial Fund
Artist Training