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Mary's Wedding, 2015. Caitlin Wood, Kaden Forsberg, Jeremy Bowes, Photo: David Bukach

Programs for Educators and Youth


Student Dress Rehearsal Program
A Night at the Opera

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.

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.


"Living Opera" Complimentary In-classroom Workshops

What IS an opera? Why do we tell stories with music? Students can discover the magic of opera as they work with members of POV's Chorus to co-create a mini-opera. This is a marvelous way for students to interact with music drama in a unique and engaging way.

Visiting artists and members of the Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus facilitate these free 40-minute in-class workshops, which are appropriate for Grades 3 to 8.

Workshops are available at no cost, during the 3 weeks leading up to the dress rehearsal of each production.

To arrange your complimentary in class workshop, please contact the box office at Pacific Opera Victoria: 250.385.0222 or


Ticket Options for Students

Students who love opera but can't make it to a dress rehearsal can take advantage of these discount programs:

  • Student Rush Tickets are available at the door of the Royal Theatre one hour prior to any regular performance (valid student ID required, subject to availability). Rush tickets are $15 for the best seats available anywhere in the theatre!
  • The TD 30 and Younger Program is a free membership program for anyone aged 30 or under. Members are eligible to buy up to two tickets per performance for 50% off the regular adult ticket price on selected performances and seating sections. Learn more.


Opera in Schools Program

Pacific Opera Victoria's School Tour performances introduce thousands of elementary, middle and high school students to the art form. Recent school tour productions included Elijah's Kite, an opera about bullying, and our original First Nations-inspired adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, created in collaboration with Coast Salish artists.

In November 2015, Pacific Opera Victoria presented staged school performances of Mary's Wedding. A new Canadian opera set in Western Canada in the aftermath of World War I, Mary's Wedding was commissioned by Pacific Opera Victoria and had its world première in November 2011.

The performances were staged in school theatres on southern Vancouver Island November 2 to 13, 2015, as part of commemorations of the Centenary of the First World War.

Mary's Wedding is an opera about young characters. The school tour production was performed for young audiences by young artists, connecting the art of opera with the experience of youth in a time of war.

Complementing the school performances was a touring exhibit of WWI artifacts, many of them from local sources, mounted by the University of Victoria Libraries. A Teachers' Professional Development Day was offered in partnership with POV, the Greater Victoria Public Library, the University of Victoria Libraries and the Royal BC Museum, while an online memory project invited students and teachers to explore connections with family, community, and history.

Programme and Information sheet for schools

Français: Les noces de Marie
Résumé du projet: Un opéra canadien sur l'amour et la guerre
Une invitation à se rappeler notre passé

Funded by the Government of Canada / Financé par le gouvernement du CanadaThis project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

Funded by the Government of British Columbia through the BC Arts CouncilFunded by the Government of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council


World War I Professional Development Day Workshop for Teachers

Friday, October 23, 2015, 9:30 am to 4 pm

An exploration of World War I curriculum, resources, and teaching tools, including connections with the opera Mary's Wedding, which was staged in regional schools during November.

Embarkation from Victoria 1916. Photo credit Archie Wills. Courtesy University of Victoria Archives and Special Collections
Embarkation from Victoria 1916. Photo credit Archie Wills. Courtesy University of Victoria Archives and Special Collections.

How do we remember and make sense of history? How can performance, museum objects and archival texts/ images work together to help support a meaningful understanding of a distant past? And how can these diverse methods of inquiry encourage students to activate critical thinking as they shape their own understanding of WWI?

During this day-long professional development workshop, teachers attended a presentation by exhibit curators, tour museum and archive collections of WWI artifacts, and participated in a rehearsal of Mary's Wedding. Teachers will also discovered books, resources and teaching tools designed to enhance students' experience of connecting the opera and the exhibit to WWI curriculum. The day was in partnership with Pacific Opera Victoria, the Greater Victoria Public Library, the University of Victoria Libraries, and the Royal BC Museum.

More Information

Mary's Wedding: The opera, its historic background, and the process of commissioning it and producing the 2011 world première.



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

  Wilson's Transportation Ltd

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!


NRS Foundation

Victoria Foundation

Funded by the Government of Canada / Financé par le gouvernement du Canada

British Columbia Arts Council, Sponsored by the Province of British Columbia

Province of British Columbia

RBC Foundation



30 and Younger Program

Canadian Western Bank

Student Dress Rehearsal Program

ALACS Foundation

Koerner Foundation

Moss Rock Park Foundation

McLean Foundation

Quail Rock Foundation

Stewart Fund