Children and young people love opera! Some 3000 students each season experience fully staged opera productions through POV's Student Dress Rehearsal Program. The opera performance includes a unique, interactive intermission presentation – and sometimes a sneak peek behind the curtain.
Full-time students in elementary, middle, secondary and post-secondary institutions, as well as home learners, have the opportunity to attend the dress rehearsals for POV`s productions. Tickets are ordered through a recognized school, college or university, and tickets are distributed to full-time students only.
It couldn't be easier to plan a group outing to the theatre. Supervisors collect the payments and then make a group booking by calling 250-385-0222.
School groups can enjoy the opera for the low price of $15 per ticket.
Supervisors: One supervisor is required for every 10 students (for middle school aged students). Maximum of 1 supervisor for every 5 students.
Senior High School and University students may purchase tickets on their own from the Pacific Opera Victoria Box Office with valid student ID.
Tickets are non-refundable. Please book at least one week prior to performance day. Tickets will be mailed to you prior to the performance.
Dress Rehearsal Program Information (PDF)
(includes Teacher Information Sheet, Permission Slip, and Tracking Sheet)
2016/17 Student Dress Rehearsal dates:
Study guides for the productions can be found on our website just prior to each opera to help teachers introduce each new opera to the classroom and to allow anyone who is interested to explore each new opera.
The Art of Operamaking
(Recommended for grades 3 to 8)
Music, libretto, staging, set, costumes, lights, props, special effects ... Since its earliest imaginings, opera has been made by teams of specialized artists, all working together and contributing their different skills and talents. But where does the process start, and how do all the pieces come together to create the spectacular story we see and hear on stage?
With musical samples sung live in the classroom, students will discover how professional opera artists collaborate and build on each other's ideas – with a special focus on French (and French Canadian!) opera.
These free workshops are offered from April 3 to April 21, 2017.
To book tickets to the Student Dress Rehearsal or to arrange a Living Opera in-class workshop, please contact the box office at Pacific Opera Victoria: 250.385.0222 or
Students who love opera but can't make it to a dress rehearsal can take advantage of these discount programs:
To reserve Student Dress Rehearsal tickets or a complimentary in-class workshop, please contact the Pacific Opera Victoria box office: 250.385.0222 or
For information about our education or community outreach programs, please contact Janet Lewis, Director of Marketing, at 250-382-1641 or
Opera Bus Sponsor
Wilson's Transportation will offer a 15% discount for any schools booking bus transportation to the opera! Please call them at 250-475-3235 to make a booking!