Artist Training

Mary's Wedding, 2011. David Cooper Photography

Artist Training programs offered by Pacific Opera Victoria include a suite of coaching, workshop, and mentorship programs delivered by distinguished teachers, singers, creative artists, and specialists in voice, music, theatre, stage design and direction. Among the program offerings are the following:

Artist Lounge (Free. Open to the public)

Artist Lounge connects young artists with visiting professionals in curated discussions led by Robert Holliston. These informal discussions allow young artists to chat with guest professionals in a relaxed setting. Topics include careers development and operatic repertoire. Guests include established singers as well as younger performers who have recently embarked on professional careers.

  • Artist Lounge with cast members from Otello
    Wednesday, October 14, 7 pm, Wingate Studio
    Robert Holliston chats with Adam Luther (Cassio), Jeremy Bowes (Lodovico), and Matthew Bruce (Roderigo)
    Open to the public. All welcome.
    Reservations: 250-382-1641 or .

Master Classes (Free. Open to the public)

Master classes with distinguished visiting artists feature some of Canada's finest singers, selected for their teaching skill and professional experience. These master classes provide superb learning opportunities for young singers and allow observers to see exceptional teaching in action. Each class focuses on a particular topic, repertoire style, or voice type. Both the students being coached and the audience of students, educators, and opera lovers benefits from this unique learning experience.

  • Master Class with Robert Holliston and Lynne McMurtry
    Thursay, October 22, 8 pm. Wingate Studio
    Lynne McMurtry (Emilia in Otello) conducts a vocal master class with members of the POV chorus. With Robert Holliston.
    Open to the public. All welcome.
    Reservations: 250-382-1641 or .



Technique Workshops

Technique workshops are offered to the POV Chorus and Victoria Conservatory of Music Opera Studio and cover such topics as movement, dance, and career preparation.

These workshops are not open to the public.

  • Stage Combat Workshop
    Tuesday, September 22, 7 pm. Wingate Studio. With Jacques Lemay.
    For Artists.

  • Building the Physical Character
    Tuesday, October 20, 7 pm. Wingate Studio. Jacques Lemay and Guest Instructor Barbara Poggemiller.
    For Artists.

  • Commedia dell'arte Workshop
    Tuesday, November 17, 7:15 to 10:15 pm . Wingate Studio. Jacques Lemay and guest Instructor Lina De Guevara.
    For Artists.

  • Dance Workshop – Waltz
    Tuesday, December 15, 7 to 10 pm . Wingate Studio. Jacques Lemay.
    For Artists.

Voice Clinics

Voice Clinics are offered to the POV Chorus to support vocal development. Voice faculty Benjamin Butterfield and Tatiana Vassilieva.

The Voice Clinics are not open to the public.

  • Voice Clinic
    Sunday, November 8, 2 to 5 pm. Wingate Studio. With Benjamin Butterfield and Tatiana Vassilieva.
    For Artists.

  • Voice Clinic
    Sunday, December 6, 7 to 10 pm. Wingate Studio. With Benjamin Butterfield and Tatiana Vassilieva.
    For Artists.

Individual Vocal Coachings

Individual musical and dramatic coachings are offered to the POV Chorus to support vocal and musical development. The Vocal coach is Tatiana Vassilieva.

The coaching sessions are not open to the public.

  • Sunday, November 22, 2 to 5 pm. Wingate Studio

  • Sunday, November 29, 2 to 5 pm. Wingate Studio


Our Artist Training initiatives include coaching and performance opportunities for the young performers who take on comprimario and chorus roles in our mainstage productions, participate in our Opera in Schools productions and take part in second-stage and community opera productions.

During 2015/16, youth and children will be part of the cast and chorus of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. POV and the Victoria Children's Choir will work together to coach and mentor the children, preparing them to perform on stage in a professional environment alongside established opera singers.

For our next Opera-in-schools tour, artist training, coaching, and rehearsal will culminate in staged school performances of Mary's Wedding, an opera that POV originally commissioned for a 2011 world première and that will be presented in a shortened version to mark 100 years since the First World War.


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