Pacific Opera Victoria is deeply committed to nurturing emerging artists.
Each year several promising artists are offered their professional debuts in leading roles alongside seasoned artists of significant experience. We are also proud to offer three high-quality training programs for young artists, each targeted to a specific stage of career development. These artist training programs offer important coaching and performance opportunities, as well as mainstage debuts, to young singers and emerging professionals.
Through these programs emerging artists at various levels – talented amateur, pre-professional, and young professional – receive employment, coaching, mentoring, and intensive performance experience with a professional opera company, as well as a superb opportunity to learn new repertoire under professional guidance – all important factors in developing careers.
POV`s Young Artist Program offers career-forging experience in performing and working with a professional opera company. The program is intended for Canadian singers who have completed or are completing pre-professional training and serves as a bridge between academic programs and the professional world of opera. A major component of the program is the Opera-in-schools tour.
Through POV`s Resident Artist Program, some of the finest young professionals from across Canada have roles in a mainstage production, receive coaching in addition to intensive rehearsals, participate in the New Opera Workshop, and perform free community concerts on southern Vancouver Island.
Part of POV's Chorus Development Program, the Mentoring Artist Program provides promising local POV choristers with private coaching and a public master class by a principal artist from each POV production.