Repertoire History

Fidelio, 1988

Pacific Opera Victoria presents a extraordinarily diverse range of repertoire. Our productions include original new made-in-Victoria productions of classic favourites such as Madama Butterfly and Carmen that welcome newcomers to opera while allowing experienced operagoers to enjoy a fresh look at a repertoire piece they know well. We also present new productions of exciting, lesser known works that allow audiences to explore the breadth of the repertoire and expand their ideas of the art form.

POV's commitment to diverse repertoire has resulted in several important premières, most recently the 2011 world première of Mary's Wedding, a new opera commissioned by POV, with music by Andrew Paul MacDonald and libretto by Stephen Massicotte, from his award-winning play Mary's Wedding. We have also presented the Canadian stage premières of Richard Strauss' Capriccio (2010) and Daphne (2007); Marc Blitzstein's Regina (2008); Lee Hoiby's The Tempest (2004); Giannini's The Taming of the Shrew (2001); Applebaum and Moore's Erewhon (2000, a POV world première); Montemezzi's L'Amore dei Tre Re (1996); and Der Freischütz (1994).

POV's premières of Mary's Wedding, Daphne, Regina, and Capriccio were recorded by CBC for national broadcast on Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. Other broadcasts have included the 1988 production of Fidelio for TV by PBS and CBC, as well as a Knowledge Network documentary of POV's 1992 production of The Abduction from the Seraglio. CBC Radio has also broadcast POV productions of Handel's Semele, Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1993) and Lee Hoiby's The Tempest.

Productions as Vancouver Island Opera Society (1975 to 1979)

1976-77

November 1976: The Marriage of Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

After a 40-year hiatus, Victoria has its own opera company again . . . as the Vancouver Island Opera Society made its auspicious debut . . . with Mozart's exquisite and happy Marriage of Figaro.
Audrey Johnson, Victoria Times

December 1976: Amahl and the Night Visitors, Menotti

1977-78

September 1977: The Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

March & April, 1978: The Beggar's Opera, John Gay

1978/79

September, 1978: The Bartered Bride, Bedrich Smetana

February, 1979: The Yeomen of the Guard, Gilbert and Sullivan

Productions as Pacific Opera Association and Pacific Opera Victoria

1979/80

September, 1979: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Carl Otto Nicolai

February 1980: La Bohème, Giacomo Puccini

1980/81

September, 1980: The Barber of Seville, Gioachino Rossini

February, 1981: Madama Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini

1981/82

September 1981: The Abduction from the Seraglio, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

February, 1982: La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi

1982/83

September, 1982: Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss Jr.

December, 1982: Cinderella in Salerno, Gioacchino Rossini (adapted by Raymond Walker and William Beaumont)

February, 1983: Tosca, Giacomo Puccini

1983/84

September, 1983: The Elixir of Love, Gaetano Donizetti

December, 1983: Amahl and the Night Visitors, Gian-Carlo Menotti

February, 1984: Carmen, Georges Bizet

June, 1984: The Merry Widow, Franz Lehar

1984/85

September, 1984: Rigoletto, Giuseppe Verdi

February, 1985: Faust, Charles Gounod

1985/86

September, 1985: Don Giovanni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

February, 1986: La Bohème, Giacomo Puccini

1986/87

September, 1986: Il Trovatore, Giuseppe Verdi

February, 1987: The Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1987/88

September, 1987: Lucia di Lammermoor, Gaetano Donizetti

February, 1988: Fidelio, Ludwig van Beethoven

1988/89

September, 1988: The Barber of Seville, Giacchino Rossini

December, 1988: The Tales of Hoffmann, Jacques Offenbach (Canadian Opera Company Touring Production)

February, 1989: The Flying Dutchman, Richard Wagner

1989/90

September, 1989: La Cenerentola, Gioacchino Rossini

February, 1990: Eugene Onegin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

April, 1990: The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert & Sullivan

1990/91

September, 1990: The Marriage of Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

February, 1991: Romeo and Juliette, Charles Gounod

April, 1991: Madama Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini

1991/92

October, 1991: Così fan tutte, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

February, 1992: A Masked Ball, Giuseppe Verdi

April, 1992: Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss Jr.

1992/93

October, 1992: The Abduction from the Seraglio, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

February, 1993: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Benjamin Britten

April, 1993: The Merry Widow, Franz Lehar

1993/94

September, 1993: Don Pasquale, Gaetano Donizetti

February, 1994: Der Freischütz, Carl Maria von Weber (Canadian première)

April, 1994: La traviata, Giuseppe Verdi

1994/95

September, 1994: The Daughter of the Regiment, Gaetano Donizetti

February, 1995: Macbeth, Giuseppe Verdi

April, 1995: La Bohème, Giacomo Puccini

1995/96

September, 1995: The Elixir of Love, Gaetano Donizetti

February, 1996: The Love of Three Kings, Italo Montemezzi (Canadian première)

April, 1996: Carmen, George Bizet

1996/97

September, 1996: The Pearl Fishers, George Bizet

February, 1997: The Turn of the Screw, Benjamin Britten

April, 1997: Tosca, Giacomo Puccini

1997/98

September, 1997: The Italian Girl in Algiers, Gioacchino Rossini

February, 1998: Werther, Jules Massenet

April, 1998: Rigoletto, Giuseppe Verdi

1998/99

August, 1998: A Masked Ball, Giuseppe Verdi

September 1998: The Mikado, Gilbert & Sullivan (National Arts Centre Production)

February, 1999: Ariadne auf Naxos, Richard Strauss

April, 1999: Don Giovanni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1999/2000

October, 1999, Madama Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini

February, 2000: Erewhon, Louis Applebaum (world première)

April, 2000: Il Trovatore, Giuseppe Verdi

2000/01

October, 2000: The Barber of Seville, Gioacchino Rossini

February, 2001: The Taming of the Shrew, Vittorio Giannini (Canadian première)

April, 2001: Nabucco, Giuseppe Verdi

2001/02

October, 2001: La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi

February, 2002: Julius Caesar, George Frideric Handel

April, 2002: The Gypsy Baron, Johann Strauss Jr.

2002/03

October, 2002: La Bohème, Giacomo Puccini

February, 2003: Wozzeck, Alban Berg

April, 2003: The Marriage of Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2003/04

October, 2003: Lucia di Lammermoor, Gaetano Donizetti

February, 2004: The Tempest, Lee Hoiby (Canadian première)

April, 2004, Carmen, Georges Bizet

2004/05

October, 2004: Norma, Vincenzo Bellini

February, 2005: The Cunning Little Vixen, Leos Janacek

April, 2005: Tosca, Giacomo Puccini

2005/06

October, 2005: Eugene Onegin, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

February, 2006: The Rape of Lucretia, Benjamin Britten

April, 2006: Rigoletto, Giuseppe Verdi

2006/07

October, 2006: Manon Lescaut, Giacomo Puccini

February, 2007: Daphne, Richard Strauss (Canadian première)

April, 2007: Don Giovanni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2007/08

October, 2007: Idomeneo, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

February, 2008: Madama Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini

April, 2008: Regina, Marc Blitzstein (Canadian première)

2008/09

October, 2008: ThaÏs, Jules Massenet

February, 2009: Semele, George Frideric Handel

April, 2009: The Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2009/10

October, 2009: La traviata, Giuseppe Verdi

November, 2009: The Rake's Progress, Igor Stravinsky

February / March, 2010: Capriccio, Richard Strauss (Canadian première)

April, 2010: Così fan tutte, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2010/11

September/October, 2010: Cinderella, Gioachino Rossini

November, 2010: Rodelinda, George Frideric Handel

February, 2011: La Bohème, Giacomo Puccini

April/May, 2011: Vanessa, Samuel Barber

2011/12

October, 2011: The Flying Dutchman, Richard Wagner

November, 2011: Mary's Wedding, World Première
Music by Andrew P. MacDonald. Libretto by Stephen Massicotte

February, 2012: Carmen, Georges Bizet

April, 2012: Maria Stuarda, Gaetano Donizetti

2012/13

October, 2012: Macbeth, Giuseppe Verdi

February, 2013: Albert Herring, Benjamin Britten

February - March, 2013: Britten Festival (Noye's Fludde and Let's Make an Opera / The Little Sweep), Benjamin Britten

April, 2013: Tosca, Giacomo Puccini

2013/14

October, 2013: Falstaff, Giuseppe Verdi

November, 2013: South Pacific in Concert, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (with the Victoria Symphony

February, 2014: Ariadne auf Naxos, Richard Strauss

March, 2014: La descente d'Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs, Marc-Antoine Charpentier
(Boston Early Music Festival, co-presented with the Early Music Society of the Islands)

April, 2014: The Marriage of Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Madama Butterfly, February 1981
Madama Butterfly, 1981


The Abduction from the Seraglio, September 1981
The Abduction from the Seraglio, 1981


La Bohème, February 1986
La Bohème, 1986


Il Trovatore, September 1986
Il Trovatore, 1986


The Marriage of Figaro, September 1990
The Marriage of Figaro, 1990


Così fan tutte, October 1991
Così fan tutte, 1991



The Abduction from the Seraglio, October 1992
The Abduction from the Seraglio, 1992


The Merry Widow, April 1993
The Merry Widow, 1993


La traviata, April 1994
La traviata, April 1994