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.
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.
Opera in Schools Program: Staged performances of the opera Mary's Wedding. In regional schools during November, 2015.
Professional Development Day Workshop for Teachers: A full-day exploration of World War I curriculum, resources, and teaching tools, including connections with the opera Mary's Wedding. October 23, 2015.
Workshops, master classes, and more, for students of voice and practicing artists working in the fields of music, theatre, stage design and direction.
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 opera. The lobby lecture begins one hour before curtain for each mainstage performance.
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.
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.