The Opera Orchestra for Pacific Opera Victoria is the Victoria Symphony. The Symphony musicians are an essential – and acclaimed – part of every POV production.
POV's founding Artistic Director Timothy Vernon conducts the Symphony for our 2014/15 productions of Das Rheingold and Lucia di Lammermoor. Giuseppe Pietraroia, Conductor in Residence for both POV and the Victoria Symphony, is the conductor for the 2014/15 productions of Camelot in Concert and Madama Butterfly.
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... never before had I realized how beautiful so much of the music is: to a degree the consequence of the transparency of the smaller orchestra and, of course, the musicianship of Maestro Vernon and his players...The strength of the orchestra made itself apparent immediately with the magical opening to the opera... the sequence had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up
Harvey De Roo, Vancouver Classical Music, 2014, Das Rheingold
Of all the fine orchestral performances I have heard Timothy Vernon draw from the Victoria Symphony ... his account of Ariadne auf Naxos must be ranked the finest ... this was an authentic and ravishing realization of Strauss's most delicate operatic score.
Bernard Jacobson, Seen and Heard International, 2014, Ariadne auf Naxos
Also stunning was the Victoria Symphony ... conductor Timothy Vernon ... must have been very pleased to mark POV's landmark 100th production with an ensemble capable of such tight, controlled and yet exuberant playing.
Robin Miller, Opera Canada, 2013, Falstaff
The Victoria Symphony sounds tight and articulate ... an impressive feat in this quicksilver, subtle score, which demands an uncommon degree of alertness and concentration from an orchestra. Whether the context is comic or lyric, the pit sparkles with colour and nuance, though the accompaniments are rendered so sensitively that the voices are always intelligible.
Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist, 2013, Falstaff
The Victoria Symphony is right at home with this kind of material ... The orchestra moved through this score like a well-maintained Bugatti.
Ian Cochran, Monday Magazine (2010, Rodelinda)
Perhaps the single most impressive aspect was the orchestral contribution of the Victoria Symphony. Though they were presumably playing modern instruments, Timothy Vernon, the company's gifted and dedicated artistic director, contrived to elicit a sound that rivaled the incisiveness and clarity of period-instrument performance.
Bernard Jacobson, Music Web International (2010, Rodelinda)