The Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus, directed by Chorus Master Giuseppe Pietraroia has an important impact on the high quality of Pacific Opera Victoria's productions and our choice of repertoire. The chorus is made up of talented local singers with a variety of training backgrounds and experience. Adults of all ages, the choristers include community singers, aspiring professionals, and vocal students at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the University of Victoria.
Thanks to a generous anonymous grant, POV provides enhanced training and opportunities to develop the enormous potential of the POV chorus through increased preparation time and coaching; language and music preparation prior to and throughout staging rehearsals, and specialized training in movement and dance as required by the repertoire being produced.
POV's Chorus Development Program is intended to provide training, encouragement, and public performance opportunities to selected choristers.
Pacific Opera Victoria's Workshops for Artists offer a range of workshops, master classes by visiting artists, and other programs designed for our chorus members, as well as for other students of voice and practising artists working in the fields of music, theatre, stage design and direction.
The choristers benefit from guidance, comprising private work sessions, a forum on career development, and public master classes with principal artists associated with each mainstage production. POV is committed to providing important support for the development of our chorus/comprimario singers and vocal students at the Victoria Conservatory and University of Victoria. The public master classes also allow members of the community to expand their knowledge of vocal arts.
With enhanced training and support for our choristers, POV is making great strides toward attracting this community's most promising and dedicated singers, nurturing their development, and presenting a solid, impeccably trained, highly motivated chorus for each production.
The chorus – appearing variously as witches, murderers, citizens and soldiers – has an important role in this opera, and its numbers all register strongly here, most notably the great Act 4 lament of the oppressed Scottish people.
Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist (2012, Macbeth)
This was, first of all, a production without even one weak link: from the minor roles to the major ones to the well-rehearsed and deftly used chorus the singing was uniformly excellent ... The all-male chorus ... sang mightily, pouring out onto the stage and in the Dionysius festival scene making an indelible impact.
J.H. Stape, Review Vancouver (2007, Daphne)
... stellar choral singing, especially ... when Neptune sends a monster to ravage the island. It's a spine-tingling scene....
Times Colonist (2007, Idomeneo)
Auditions for the POV Chorus are held each year. We welcome inquiries from local singers at all times of the year. Please submit your photo and CV or biography to