2015-2016 Season: Otello, The Barber of Seville, and A Midsummer Night's Dream Otello The Barber of Seville A Midsummer Night's Dream Pacific Opera Victoria 2015/16 season


With Verdi and Britten's dazzling adaptations of Shakespeare and Rossini's brilliant take on Beaumarchais, we celebrate theatre reborn as opera!



Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Based on the play Le Barbier de Séville by Pierre Beaumarchais

February 11, 13, 19, 2016, at 8 pm
Wednesday, February 17, at 7 pm
Sunday, February 21, at 2:30 pm

An exuberant conspiracy on behalf of youth, hope, and the delirious joy of first love



Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto adapted by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears from William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream

April 14, 16, 22, 2016, at 8 pm
Sunday, April 24, at 2:30 pm

An enchanting collision of worlds as fairies, countryfolk, and moonstruck young lovers spin through a single magical night.



Music by Francis Poulenc
Libretto adapted from the play by Jean Cocteau

May 12, 14, 18, 20, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 22, at 2:30 pm

At the Baumann Centre for Pacific Opera Victoria, 925 Balmoral Road

The final phone conversation between a woman and her lover is played out in a 40-minute one-act opera for soprano and piano.


Previous 2015/16 season productions


Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Arrigo Boito
Based on the tragedy Othello by William Shakespeare

October 15 to 25, 2015

A tragedy to make heaven weep, as evil and jealousy twist love in bitterness and anguish.

A co-production with Opéra de Montréal



Music by Andrew P. MacDonald
Libretto by Stephen Massicotte.

November, 2015

In time for Remembrance Day and ongoing commemorations of the WWI centenary, POV staged a re-imagined version of its commissioned opera Mary's Wedding in regional secondary schools and in a special public performance.



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Performances of La Voix humaine are at the Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road.

All other performances take place at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, Victoria.


2015/16 Season Brochure (PDF)