Artist Training

Mary's Wedding, 2011. David Cooper Photography

Artist Development 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:

Master Classes

(Free. Open to the public.)

Master classes with distinguished visiting artists feature some of Canada's finest musical artists, 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
    Wednesday, February 15, 7 pm. Wingate Studio
    Mezzo soprano Dawn Johnson coaches young singers. Principal Coach Tatiana Vassilieva accompanies on piano.
    Open to the public. All welcome.
    Reservations: 250-382-1641 or .



Opera Workshops

Opera 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 / Quarterstaff Workshop
    Saturday, January 7, 2-4 pm
    Monday, January 9, 7-9 pm
    Wingate Studio. With Jacques Lemay.
    This workshop will focus on quarterstaff technique for stage combat. Warm-up and coordination exercises, parries, cuts and thrusts will be taught, along with basic falls. The workshop will culminate with learning a short choreographic fight. Quarterstaff will be provided. Wear loose-fitting clothing, runners, cycling/gardening gloves.
    For Artists.

Vocal Clinics

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

The Vocal Clinics are not open to the public.

  • Vocal Clinic
    Saturday, January 14, 2-4:30 pm. Wingate Studio.
    Explore the concepts of breath and healthy vocal sound production through informal performances in a group setting. Session includes a tour of the POV Music Library and an introduction to the recording capabilities of Wingate Studio. Bring a vocal selection to sing in front of the group (optional).
    For Artists.

Lyric Diction Sessions

Learn the basics of diction and the demands of singing idiomatically in languages other than English.. Voice faculty Giuseppe Pietraroia and Tatiana Vassilieva.

The Lyric Diction Sessions are not open to the public.

  • Lyric Diction
    Sunday, January 8, 2-3:30 pm. Wingate Studio.
    Introduction to German Diction.
    For Artists.

Individual Vocal Coachings

Individual musical and dramatic coachings are offered to the POV Chorus to support vocal and musical development. The coaches are Heather Jarvie and Tatiana Vassilieva.

The coaching sessions are not open to the public.


The POV Chorus



NRS Foundation

Victoria Foundation


ALACS Foundation

Moss Rock Park Foundation

Quail Rock Foundation

RBC Foundation

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

Province of British Columbia