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 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.
  • 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.
  • Technique Workshops are offered by visiting and resident artists and cover such topics as audition and resume preparation, body and voice care, stage combat, acting, design, administration, stagecraft, stage management, and stage direction.


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.


Watch for details of upcoming Artist Training initiatives, as well as the growing variety of public events taking place at the Baumann Centre.


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

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Artist Training