Falstaff, 2013

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.

POV's Artist Development Program offers 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.

Members of the POV Chorus receive an honorarium for each production, two complimentary tickets to the opening night of the show they are involved in, invitations to special events and receptions, and access to a curriculum of stagecraft workshops, vocal clinics, individual coachings, and master classes with visiting artists.

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.


Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus
2016/17 Season

Women's Chorus

Men's Chorus

Rachel Allen
Tasha M. Farivar
Elizabeth Gerow
Rebekah Janzen
Cathie Lylock
Andrea Palin
Cheryl Pocklington
Carol Pudwell
Esther-Ruth Teel
Jennifer Turner
Taylor Winfrey

Brian Andiel
Kyron Basu
Joseph Bulman
Louis Dillon
Andy Erasmus
Taylor Fawcett
Dale Friesen
Andrew Gibbons
Brian Holgate
Joé Lampron
Sam Marcaccini
Gerald Schieven
Cedric Spry
Kevin Thomson
Steve Wadhams


Selected Reviews

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

Auditions & Postings