Raising Voices
Artist Training

Maria Stuarda, 2012

Raising Voices Workshops for Artists

Pacific Opera Victoria is offering workshops designed for students of voice and practising artists working in the fields of music, theatre, stage design and direction.

Programs are hosted and accompanied by Principal Coach Robert Holliston, with accomplished visiting artists and opera specialists.

Please register in advance by emailing . Include your name, email address and workshop dates. Program updates and reminders will be sent via email.

For more information call 250 385.0222


Artist Lounge

Get to know a visiting opera professional through a curated discussion in an informal atmosphere.
Wingate Studio, 925 Balmoral Road
No charge | Please register in advance: .

  • Thursday January 23, 7pm (90 min.)
    Roger Honeywell
    A tenor with a varied international career in both opera and classical theatre shares some of his experiences from the field.

  • Thursday April 3, 7pm (90 min.)
    Miriam Khalil and Erin Lawson

    A duo of young opera artists discuss their careers, training and their transition from student to working artist.


Opera Masters – open to the public

Public vocal classes conducted by visiting artists and coaches
Wingate Studio, 925 Balmoral Road
No charge | Please register in advance: .

  • Thursday January 30, 7pm (90 min.)
    J. Patrick Raftery

    The Major Domo in Ariadne auf Naxos, a tenor, and a voice teacher with the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Mr. Raftery will work with four Victoria singers from the POV Chorus, the University of Victoria School of Music and the Victoria Conservatory of Music: Anna Shill, Cedric Spry, Margaret Lingas and Jayne Hammond. Robert Holliston will accompany on piano.

  • Monday February 17, 7pm (90 min.)
    Bruce Kelly

    The Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos, a baritone and voice teacher at the Queen's University Faculty of Music, Mr. Kelly will coach three Victoria singers.

  • Saturday March 15, 4pm (90 min.)
    Stephen Stubbs

    The Conductor and Co-Artistic Director of the Boston Early Music Festival conducts a master class with an emphasis on baroque practice with voice students Eve Richardson, Emma Hannan, Kyle Guilfoyle and Adam Dyjach, accompanied by Csinszka Rédai

  • Thursday April 10, 7pm (90 min.)
    Leslie Ann Bradley

    The soprano playing the Countess Almaviva in POV's production of The Marriage of Figaro coaches a masterclass with three Victoria singers.

  • Monday April 28, 7pm (90 min.)
    Thomas Goerz

    The bass baritone playing Dr Bartolo in POV's The Marriage of Figaro coaches three artists, with an emphasis on Mozart repertoire.


Opera Workshop

Conducted by visiting professionals in a variety of fields, including acting, movement, direction, and design.
Wingate Studio, 925 Balmoral Road
No charge | Please register in advance: .

  • Sunday February 9, 2pm (90 min.)
    Oriol Tomas

    An acting coach and opera director, Mr. Tomas offers a workshop on the synergies of voice, music and theatre. Come dressed for movement work.

  • Sunday February 16, 2pm (90 min.)
    Jacques Lemay

    Choreographer Jacques Lemay offers an introduction to freeing your physical character through movement, commedia, clowning and voice. Wear all black loose fitted clothing and a crazy hat of your choice.

  • Saturday March 29, 2pm (90 min)
    Giuseppe Pietraroia

    The Associate Conductor of Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony conducts a workshop on audition technique.

  • Sunday April 20, 2pm (90 min)
    Cameron Porteous

    A scenic designer of theatre, film and television, Mr. Porteous shares his work and perspectives on designing for the opera stage.


Observation Deck

Get behind the scenes with open rehearsals, tours, and special events. For registered participants only.
Various locations
No charge | Please register in advance: .

  • Saturday February 1, 10am - 12pm
    Opera Shop Tour

    620 Discovery Street

  • Sunday February 2, 10am and noon
    INSIDE OPERA for Ariadne auf Naxos

    Phillip T Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria

  • Saturday February 8, 6pm
    Working Rehearsal for Ariadne auf Naxos

    Royal Theatre

  • Sunday March 30, 2pm - 3pm
    Opera Mashup with Rebecca Hass

    Wingate Studio, 925 Balmoral Road

  • Sunday April 13, 10am and noon
    INSIDE OPERA for The Marriage of Figaro

    Phillip T Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria


Student Dress Rehearsals

  • Tickets must be ordered in advance.
  • School supervisors may book by calling 250-385-0222.
    $10 per student ticket / $15 for teachers, supervisors or chaperones)
  • Senior high school and post-secondary students may purchase tickets on their own from the Pacific Opera Victoria Box Office (500 - 1815 Blanshard Street). $10 with valid student ID.
  • 2014/15 Dress Rehearsal Dates:

Student Rush Tickets

  • $15 all performances with valid student ID
  • Student RUSH tickets are available at the door of the theatre, 1 hour before each performance. Subject to availability.
  • For more information please call 250 385.0222


Artist Workshop Registration

Information: 250-385-0222