Opera for
Young People

Noye's Fludde, 2013. Photo: David Bukach

Education Programs for Young People


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 .

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.

Groups can enjoy the opera for the low price of $10 per student ticket and $15 for teachers, supervisors or chaperones.

  • 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.

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.

Dress Rehearsal Program Information (PDF)
(includes Teacher Information Sheet, Permission Slip, and Tracking Sheet)

2014/15 Student Dress Rehearsal dates:
Das Rheingold: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 7:00 pm
Lucia di Lammermoor: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 7:00 pm
Madama Butterfly: Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 7:00 pm

More Information: Guidelines and Application Form for Cherniavsky's "Mr. Music" Fund, which offers grants to schools to assist in purchasing tickets for students to attend live performances. Application Deadline November 21, 2014.


"Living Opera" Complimentary In-classroom Workshops

POV is excited to offer in-class programs for each opera this season. These 40-minute in-class workshops enable students to engage with each opera at a deeper level. Members of the Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus will facilitate these workshops.

The workshops are appropriate for Grades 4 to 8 and will include a selection of activities such as:

  • Story-telling
  • Historical discussions introducing the intriguing world of operatic drama and major themes;
  • Exploring examples of how performers warm up to project the voice
  • Presentations of creative dramas acting out mini versions of the operas
  • Opportunities for student interactions and question periods with the facilitator.

Workshops are available at no cost, during the 2 weeks leading up to the dress rehearsal of each production.

  • Wagner's Das Rheingold: September 22 to October 14, 2014 CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor: January 19 to February 10, 2015
  • Puccini's Madama Butterfly: March 16 to April 7, 2015

In-class workshops may be booked as of September 8, 2014. To arrange your complimentary in class workshop, please contact Charlene White at Pacific Opera Victoria, 250.385.0222 or

Dress Rehearsal and Workshop Information (PDF)


Student Rush Tickets

Encourage those students who love opera and can't make it to a dress rehearsal, to purchase Student Rush tickets. These 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!


Opera in Schools Program

Participants in Pacific Opera Victoria's Young Artist training programs present school tour performances that introduce some 7,500 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.

POV's next Opera in Schools tour will present 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.

Mary's Wedding is an opera about young characters. Because the school tour production will be performed for young audiences by young artists, the opera will resonate with students in a powerful way, connecting the art of opera with the experience of youth in a time of war.

The performances will be staged in school theatres on southern Vancouver Island as part of commemorations of the Centenary of the First World War.

The Mary's Wedding school tour will be presented as part of the Opera Studio program, a collaboration between Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Additional informaion, including the school tour schedule, will be confirmed at a later date.


To reserve Student Dress Rehearsal tickets or a complimentary in-class workshop, please contact Charlene White at Pacific Opera Victoria, 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

Student Dress Rehearsal Program Sponsor

Canadian Western Bank