The Opera Centre

Artist Rendering of Wingate Studio at Opera Centre

A New Home for Opera In Our Community


  • NEW ADDRESS as of January 5, 2015
    Pacific Opera Victoria
    925 Balmoral Rd
    Victoria, BC   V8T 1A7

Excitement is building at Pacific Opera Victoria!

POV has secured a 10-year lease on the two-storey Hall of the Church of St. John the Divine, and the renovations are nearly complete. Architect Franc D'Ambrosio has been overseeing acoustic engineering for the 2,500 sq. ft. Wingate Studio, as well as construction of an office suite, music room, and public entrance. Effective January 5, 2015, our Administration and Box Office will open in our new home!

The Opera Centre 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.

The Opera Centre Naming Campaign

design sketch for front entry of Opera Centre

The inspiring generosity of many patrons and donors is providing funds for the renovations to the Opera Centre and seed money for our Raising Voices programs, which represent our long-term vision for community art-making, artist training, and youth education.

Many 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.

The heart of the Opera Centre will be the rehearsal/recital hall, named Wingate Studio after lead donor Lydia Wingate.

Wingate Studio will be not only practical, but beautiful. A stunning acoustic ceiling canopy is being 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.

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.

Ways to donate

  • Individual donations
  • Monthly giving
  • A multi-year pledge to spread your support over two or three years.
  • A donation of publicly traded securities provides additional tax benefits and is quick and easy to do.
    Securities Donation Form

To make a donation

  • Please call 250.382.1641
  • Or donate online

To discuss naming opportunities or for more information

  • please call 250.382.1641
  • or email


Donate Online

Please support the Opera Centre Naming Campaign

Donate by phone

Or by mail to
Pacific Opera Victoria
925 Balmoral Road, Victoria, BC V8T 1A7.



Patrick Corrigan
Executive Director
250.382.1641, ext.201


Joanna Verano
Development Manager
250.382.1641, ext.214

Nicole Olszewski
Development Manager
250.382.1641, ext.212


Public Support

Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Culturla Spaces Fund

Province of British Columbia