The Baumann Centre for Pacific Opera Victoria will be a home for our art-making and a centre for artist training and youth education in the community.It will house opera rehearsals, artist training programs, and an array of initiatives to nurture artists, engage the community, and educate and delight families and youth. It will also be a welcoming place for our box office and administration. The Centre's large commercial kitchen will even allow POV to cater receptions and special events for our patrons.
POV has secured a 10-year lease on the two-storey Hall of the Church of St. John the Divine, and the renovations are now complete. Architect Franc D'Ambrosio oversaw acoustic engineering for the 2,500 sq. ft. Wingate Studio, as well as construction of an office suite, music room, and public entrance. Our Administration and Box Office have now opened in our new home!
The inspiring generosity of many patrons and donors has provided funds for the renovations to the Opera Centre and working capital to support the expansion of our commmunity programming to fulfill our long-term vision for community art-making, artist training, and youth education.
The Centre is named in honour of the late Victoria philanthropist Egon Baumann, whose Egon Baumann Music Foundation, chaired by Eric Charman, made a $500,000 gift to name the Centre and to establish the Egon Baumann Fund for Pacific Opera Victoria.
The heart of the Opera Centre is the rehearsal/recital hall, named Wingate Studio in honour of donor Lydia Wingate.
Wingate Studio is not only practical, but beautiful. A stunning acoustic ceiling canopy has been created by Kwagiulth Artist and former opera singer Carey Newman.
Mr. Newman wishes to encourage support for the Opera Centre through sponsorship of this magnificent piece of First Nations art, which is among the most exciting naming opportunities for the Opera Centre and which will help make the Opera Centre something very special indeed – a place of musical and visual delight, where artists, young people, and our patrons and community can explore opera.
Major funding was provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage Cultural Spaces Fund and the British Columbia Creative Spaces Program. Many other generous donors contributed to the project in order to create this wonderful gift to the community.
Exciting recognition opportuniies are still available through the Opera Centre Naming Campaign. These include acknowledgment on a special dedicated Donor Wall for Opera Centre donations, as well as attractive naming opportunities for larger gifts starting at $5,000 and $10,000, and ranging up to major opportunities to name programs and architectural features.
We look forward to welcoming you into our new Home for Opera!
Please Support the Opera Centre Naming Campaign. Your gift will help create a home for Opera in our community.
THE BAUMANN CENTRE: A New Home for Pacific Opera Victoria
TIMES COLONIST ARTICLE by Adrian Chamberlain, with photos of the Opera Centre and Carey Newman's magnificent acoustic canopy(5MB PDF)
GLOBE AND MAIL ARTICLE by Marsha Lederman on Carey Newman's acoustic canopy
MIND, BODY and SPIRIT : Carey Newman explains the significance of his art work and what inspired him to create this work as a gift to Pacific Opera Victoria.
There is still time to support the Opera Centre Naming Campaign
Donations at any level are gratefully accepted and will be acknowledged on a permanent donor wall in the Opera Centre.
Please call 250-382-1641 to discuss a gift in confidence
Or mail your donation to
Pacific Opera Victoria
925 Balmoral Road, Victoria, BC V8T 1A7.