Pacific Opera Victoria builds opera from the ground up. POV is the only major opera company in Canada to build its own sets exclusively. This allows us greater programming creativity than companies that rent existing productions.
Our productions are shaped by the creative vision of our directors and designers and then built by our own team of production artists, staged in Victoria's beautiful, intimate Royal Theatre, and brought to life by a glorious collaboration of conductor and singers.
POV maintains its own scene and costume shop in a 10,000 square foot production facility, The Opera Shop. This facility is the largest of its kind on Vancouver Island, offering employment to over 50 theatre professionals making their home in our region. POV's eclectic team of artists and craftspeople have a wealth of experience in the fields of project management, design, construction, scenic art, properties, and wardrobe construction.
POV's scene and costume shop also provide first rate creative and construction services to other local and visiting arts organizations throughout the year.
The Opera Shop's 10,000 square foot warehouse is available for film, television and event production. The Scene Shop is designed for construction work in steel, wood and scenic painting and boasts a clear height of 20 feet, level loading facilities, compressed air, and ample utilities. The wardrobe and prop shops are generous spaces with natural light, laundry facilities, and fitting rooms. The Opera Shop has secure parking, office space, lunchroom and wireless internet service and is located in Victoria's downtown warehouse district.
Since 1980, Pacific Opera Victoria has created seasons of entirely new productions and continues to offer a diverse blend of repertoire for its small stage and intimate theatre. POV has a proud tradition of working in partnership with regional and national arts organizations and has been developing a number of co-productions.
POV's original production of Regina was presented by Utah Opera in January 2009. Through a partnership with Orchestra London, POV presented a co-production of Puccini's Tosca in 2005 – London's first fully-staged professional opera. This was followed by co-productions of Rigoletto (2006), Don Giovanni (2007), Madama Butterfly (2008), and, in 2009, The Magic Flute.
The 2013/14 season sees several POV operas staged by other companies: Albert Herring was a co-production with Vancouver Opera; Opera Santa Barbara staged Tosca in November 2013, and in May 2014, Opéra de Québec stages Macbeth.