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Noye's Fludde, 2013. Photo: David Bukach

Programs for Educators and Youth


Student Dress Rehearsal Program
A Night at the Opera

Children and young people love opera! Some 3000 students each season experience fully staged opera productions through POV's Student Dress Rehearsal Program. The opera performance includes a unique, interactive intermission presentation – and sometimes a sneak peek behind the curtain.

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 a recognized school, college or university, and tickets are distributed to full-time students only.

It couldn't be easier to plan a group outing to the theatre. Supervisors collect the payments and then make a group booking by calling 250-385-0222.

School groups can enjoy the opera for the low price of $15 per ticket.

  • Supervisors: One supervisor is required for every 10 students (for middle school aged students). Maximum of 1 supervisor for every 5 students.

  • Senior High School and University students may purchase tickets on their own from the Pacific Opera Victoria Box Office with valid student ID.

  • Tickets are non-refundable. Please book at least one week prior to performance day. Tickets will be mailed to you prior to the performance.

Dress Rehearsal Program Information (PDF)
(includes Teacher Information Sheet, Permission Slip, and Tracking Sheet)

2015/16 Student Dress Rehearsal dates:

Study guides for the productions can be found on our website just prior to each opera to help teachers introduce each new opera to the classroom and to allow anyone who is interested to explore each new opera.

Note: Limited financial assistance for the dress rehearsal may be available through Cherniavsky's "Mr. Music" Fund, offered through Artstarts. The fund offers grants to schools to assist in purchasing tickets for students to attend live performances.
Guidelines and Application Form. Application Deadline is November 13, 2015.


"Living Opera" Complimentary In-classroom Workshops

What IS an opera? Why do we tell stories with music? Students can discover the magic of opera as they work with members of POV's Chorus to co-create a mini-opera. This is a marvelous way for students to interact with music drama in a unique and engaging way.

Visiting artists and members of the Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus facilitate these free 40-minute in-class workshops, which are appropriate for Grades 3 to 8.

Workshops are available at no cost, during the 3 weeks leading up to the dress rehearsal of each production.

The Living Opera workshop for Otello will focus on the emotions that drive Verdi's characters. In particular it will focus on Iago's motivations, or lack thereof. Together the class will investigate the deceptions, lying and bullying that Iago uses to manipulate those closest to him and the devastating effects of his actions. Students will have an opportunity to explore the characters' feelings of jealousy, betrayal and love while hearing how Verdi's music intensifies the already powerful emotions Shakespeare has set in play.

The Living Opera workshops for Otello are offered from September 21 to October 9, 2015 and are facilitated by soprano Betty Waynne Allison.

To arrange your complimentary in class workshop, please contact the box office at Pacific Opera Victoria: 250.385.0222 or


Ticket Options for Students

Students who love opera but can't make it to a dress rehearsal can take advantage of these discount programs:

  • Student Rush Tickets are available at the door of the Royal Theatre one hour prior to any regular performance (valid student ID required, subject to availability). Rush tickets are $15 for the best seats available anywhere in the theatre!
  • The TD 30 and Younger Program is a free membership program for anyone aged 30 or under. Members are eligible to buy up to two tickets per performance for 50% off the regular adult ticket price on selected performances and seating sections. Learn more.


Opera in Schools Program

In November 2015, Pacific Opera Victoria presents staged school performances of Mary's Wedding. A new Canadian opera set in Western Canada in the aftermath of World War I, Mary's Wedding was commissioned by Pacific Opera Victoria and had its world première in November 2011.

The performances will be staged in school theatres on southern Vancouver Island November 2 to 13, 2015, as part of commemorations of the Centenary of the First World War.

Mary's Wedding is an opera about young characters. Because the school tour production will be performed for young audiences by young artists, the opera will resonate with students in a powerful way, connecting the art of opera with the experience of youth in a time of war.

Complementing the school performances will be a touring exhibit of WWI artifacts, many of them from local sources, mounted by the University of Victoria Libraries. A Teachers' Professional Development Day will be offered in partnership with POV, the Greater Victoria Public Library, the University of Victoria Libraries and the Royal BC Museum. An online memory project will invite students and teachers to explore connections with family, community, and history.

Schools interested in booking a school performance should contact Christina Patterson at 250-385-0222 or for details and fees.

Funded by the Government of Canada / Financé par le gouvernement du CanadaThis project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

Funded by the Government of British Columbia through the BC Arts CouncilFunded by the Government of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council


World War I Professional Development Day Workshop for Teachers

Friday, October 23, 2015, 9:30 am to 4 pm

An exploration of World War I curriculum, resources, and teaching tools, including connections with the opera Mary's Wedding, which is being staged in regional schools during November.

Embarkation from Victoria 1916. Photo credit Archie Wills. Courtesy University of Victoria Archives and Special Collections
Embarkation from Victoria 1916. Photo credit Archie Wills. Courtesy University of Victoria Archives and Special Collections.

How do we remember and make sense of history? How can performance, museum objects and archival texts/ images work together to help support a meaningful understanding of a distant past? And how can these diverse methods of inquiry encourage students to activate critical thinking as they shape their own understanding of WWI?

During this day-long professional development workshop, teachers will attend a presentation by exhibit curators, tour museum and archive collections of WWI artifacts, and participate in a rehearsal of Mary's Wedding. Teachers will also discover books, resources and teaching tools designed to enhance students' experience of connecting the opera and the exhibit to WWI curriculum. The day is in partnership with Pacific Opera Victoria, the Greater Victoria Public Library, the University of Victoria Libraries, and the Royal BC Museum.

For British Columbia High School, Middle School, and Elementary School teachers only. Lunch, entry fees and tickets are included in registration but participants must fund and arrange for parking and transportation.

To register, call the Greater Victoria Public Library at 250-940-4875 ext 601. Registrant name and contact information will be shared with Pacific Opera Victoria, the Royal BC Museum and the University of Victoria.

Schedule for the day

9:30 am to 4 pm

Baumann Centre for Pacific Opera Victoria
925 Balmoral Road

  • Welcome
  • Reminiscences of World War I (Exhibit presented by UVic Libraries and Special Collections)
  • Curriculum presentation (presented by UVic Curriculum Library)
  • Performance excerpts (presented by Pacific Opera Victoria)

Central Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library
735 Broughton Street

  • Lunch and presentation
  • Booksmack (presented by Greater Victoria Public Library)

Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville Street

  • Welcome
  • Reading primary source documents workshop (presented by Royal BC Museum)
  • Museum tour (presented by Royal BC Museum)

Optional Evening Performance

  • Enjoy one complimentary ticket to Pacific Opera Victoria's performance of Otello by Giuseppe Verdi at the Royal Theatre. The performance begins at 8 pm on Friday, October 23, with a pre-performance lobby lecture at 7 pm.
    Please request your free opera performance ticket when registering. Additional tickets may be purchased through the Pacific Opera Victoria box office at 250.385.0222 or online.

Presented in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library,  University of Victoria Libraries, and Royal BC Museum

More Information

Mary's Wedding School Performances

Mary's Wedding: The opera, its historic background, and the process of commissioning it and producing the 2011 world première.



To reserve Student Dress Rehearsal tickets or a complimentary in-class workshop, please contact the Pacific Opera Victoria box office: 250.385.0222 or

For information about our education or community outreach programs, please contact Janet Lewis, Director of Marketing, at 250-382-1641 or


Canadian Western Bank

Student Dress Rehearsal Program

  Wilson's Transportation Ltd

Opera Bus Sponsor

Wilson's Transportation will offer a 15% discount for any schools booking bus transportation to the opera! Please call them at 250-475-3235 to make a booking!


NRS Foundation

Victoria Foundation

Funded by the Government of Canada / Financé par le gouvernement du Canada

British Columbia Arts Council, Sponsored by the Province of British Columbia

Province of British Columbia

RBC Foundation


ALACS Foundation

Koerner Foundation

Moss Rock Park Foundation

McLean Foundation

Quail Rock Foundation

Stewart Fund