Opera Centre
Naming Campaign

Artist Rendering of Wingate Studio at Opera Centre

A Naming Campaign
for a New Home for Opera In Our Community

Excitement is building at POV! We are conducting a special fundraising campaign for our new Opera Centre.

Donations raised will create a new home for POV's activities, making the Opera Centre a hub for artist training and youth education and a place to welcome our patrons and our community.

POV has secured a 10-year lease on the two-storey Hall of the Church of St. John the Divine. We are working with renowned architect Franc D'Ambrosio to undertake a major renovation during the summer of 2014. We'll upgrade the 2,500 sq. ft. rehearsal/recital hall, restoring the beautiful maple floor and constructing sound isolation and acoustic engineering features. We'll also build a public entrance and foyer, music room, and an administrative office suite. Next fall we'll move our offices into our new home!

The Opera Centre will be home to opera rehearsals, artist training programs, design sketch for front entry of Opera Centreand an array of initiatives to nurture artists, engage the community, and educate and delight families and youth


It will be a home for all of us – a welcoming place for our box office and administration. The Centre's large commercial kitchen will even allow POV to cater receptions and special events for our patrons.

The Opera Centre Naming Campaign offers unique recognition opportunities, including acknowledgment on a special dedicated Donor Wall for Opera Centre donations. In addition, attractive naming opportunities for larger gifts start at $5,000 and $10,000, and range up to a $500,000 opportunity to name the Opera Centre. A Naming Gift is a wonderful way to be part of this project and to celebrate your and your family's philanthropy or to honour someone special.

The heart of the Opera Centre will be the rehearsal/recital hall, named Wingate Studio after lead donor Lydia Wingate.

Wingate Studio will be not only practical, but beautiful. A stunning acoustic ceiling canopy is being created by Kwagiulth Artist and former opera singer Carey Newman.

Mr. Newman wishes to encourage support for the Opera Centre through sponsorship of this magnificent piece of First Nations art, which is among the most exciting naming opportunities for the Opera Centre and which will help make the Opera Centre something very special indeed – a place of musical and visual delight, where artists, young people, and our patrons and community can explore opera.

We look forward to welcoming you into our new Home for Opera!

Please Support the Opera Centre Naming Campaign. Your gift will help create a home for Opera in our community.

Ways to donate

  • Individual donations
  • Monthly giving
  • A multi-year pledge to spread your support over two or three years.
  • A donation of publicly traded securities provides additional tax benefits and is quick and easy to do.
    Securities Donation Form

To make a donation

  • Please call 250.382.1641
  • Or donate online

To discuss naming opportunities or for more information

  • please call 250.382.1641
  • or email



Donate Online

Pacific Opera Victoria
500 - 1815 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8T 5A4.



Patrick Corrigan
Executive Director
250.382.1641, ext.23

Joanna Verano
Development Manager
250.382.1641, ext.30


Public Support

Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Culturla Spaces Fund

Province of British Columbia