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!
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 – Walk of Fame pavers for donations from $100 to $3,000, plus attractive naming opportunities for larger gifts, starting at $5,000 and $10,000, and ranging 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.
To make a donation
Please support the Opera Centre Naming Campaign. Your gift will help create a home for Opera in our community.
Or mail your donation to
Pacific Opera Victoria
500 - 1815 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8T 5A4.
To discuss Naming Opportunities, or for more information, please contact:
Legacy and Major Giving Associate