POV's electrifying 2016/17 season opens with the company première of a magnificent Verdi opera, which is followed by one of Mozart's most beloved classics. The season culminates with a newly commissioned opera based on a brilliant Canadian play!
With unforgettable characters, astonishing dramatic insight, and a fascinating interplay of darkness and light, danger and love, these are stories so big they have to be sung!
Above: POV Artistic Director Timothy introduces the three operas of Pacific Opera Victoria's 2016/17 season.
Derek Ford Studios.
POV's 2016/17 season begins with another in our series of productions of magnificent Verdi works.
In the great Verdi tradition of eloquent, hauntingly beautiful music, compelling drama, and discerning exploration of human character, Simon Boccanegra is an arresting portrayal of reconciliation, mercy, and the love between father and daughter.
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and Arrigo Boito
October 13, 15, 21, 2016, at 8 pm
Wednesday, October 19, at 7 pm
Sunday, October 23, at 2:30 pm
Like all the best quests, The Magic Flute is a journey from darkness to light, full of peril and magic.
Prince Tamino teams up with his unwilling sidekick, Papageno, to rescue the princess Pamina, who is the subject of a custody battle between her mother, the Queen of the Night, and the High Priest Sarastro. The result is a scrumptious hodge-podge of cosmic mystery and down-to-earth joie de vivre – along with Mozart's most delicious music.
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
February, 16, 18, 24, 2017, at 8 pm
Wednesday, February 22, at 7 pm
Sunday, February 26, at 2:30 pm
A new Canadian Opera Co-commissioned & Co-produced by Pacific Opera Victoria & Opéra de Montréal
Based on a celebrated Canadian play by Michel Marc Bouchard, Les Feluettes (Lilies) is a romantic drama of startling beauty.
In 1912 a group of boys at a Quebec college rehearse Gabriele D'Annunzio's sensual play The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. As a devastating love triangle plays out, one boy dies, one is sent to prison, one becomes a bishop. Decades later, the bishop is made to watch as prisoners re-enact the past.
Music by Kevin March
Libretto by Michel Marc Bouchard, based on his play Les Feluettes
April 20, 22, 28, 2017, at 8 pm
Sunday, April 30, at 2:30 pm