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Mary's Wedding, 2015. Caitlin Wood, Kaden Forsberg, Jeremy Bowes, 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.

2016/17 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, up to a maximum subsidy of $5 per ticket. Application Deadline is November 10, 2016.
Guidelines and Application Form.


"Living Opera" Complimentary In-classroom Workshops

Conducting for Kids: Keeping it All Together

(Recommended for grades 3 to 8)

Have you ever wondered why a conductor stands in front of an orchestra waving a baton? Or exactly how a conductor keeps everyone in a symphony or opera working together?

This "Living Opera" workshop will not only help students answer these questions, but will help them become junior conductors themselves! Together we will explore the role of the conductor by looking at basic beat patterns, dynamics, tempo, and the skills a conductor uses to keep everyone together and making music. By the end of the workshop, students will be wielding their own baton and perhaps even conducting some of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra!

This workshop is designed to fit with the Big Ideas, Learning Standards, Competencies and Content of the new BC Arts Curriculum.

These free workshops are offered from September 19 to October 7, 2016.


To book tickets to the Student Dress Rehearsal or to arrange a Living Opera in-class workshop, please contact the box office at Pacific Opera Victoria: 250.385.0222 or

Dress Rehearsal and Workshop Information (PDF)


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.



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

  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


ALACS Foundation

Moss Rock Park Foundation

Quail Rock Foundation


RBC Foundation


TD 30 and Younger


Canada Council for the Arts

Government of Canada

Capital Regional District

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

Province of British Columbia