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:
(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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
Sunday, January 8, 2-3:30 pm. Wingate Studio.
Introduction to German Diction.
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.