Artist Training

Mary's Wedding, 2011. David Cooper Photography

Artist Training Series: Workshops and Master Classes

Through our emerging and pre-professional artist training series, POV is offering a variety of workshops, master classes and performance opportunities in the Baumann Centre. Classes are designed to be taken alone or in complementary sets, and participants can choose their level of involvement based on interest and need by signing up for each class individually and creating a customized schedule.

Whether you are a student or a practicing artist, this is a chance to hone your skills with some of the best local and visiting artists working with POV.


Master Class

West Lobby, Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton
No charge | Please register in advance: .

  • Monday, April 13, 7 pm
    Master Class with Bruce Kelly
    The baritone playing Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Bruce Kelly is also a voice teacher at the Queen's University Faculty of Music. He will coach three Victoria singers.


Co:Lab Workshop

Wingate Studio, 925 Balmoral Road.
No charge | Please register in advance: .

  • Tuesday April 21, 7:30 pm
    Opera for Theatre Practitioners with Glynis Leyshon and Michael Shamata
    In this informal seminar and Q and A, two experienced directors speak about their careers working in both opera and theatre and the essential differences between the two.

    Recommended for singers, directors, actors, or any artist with a practice in opera or theatre who wants to know more about the challenges and benefits of working in each. A valuable resource for both theatre artists with an interest in opera, and opera singers who wish to understand more about a director's thought process.


Artist Training Workshops

Wingate Studio, 925 Balmoral Road
No charge | Please register in advance: .

  • Monday March 9, 7pm
    Audition and Resume Workshop with Joey Pietraroia
    Though it's the first step in beginning your career, getting and attending auditions is a skill all its own. Learn or review the basics of making a good impression with your resume and audition presence in this workshop with chorus master Joey Pietraroia.

  • Saturday, March 14, 3pm
    Text-analysis – Inhabiting an aria with Sarah Jane Pelzer
    A crucial step in effectively performing an aria is understanding the text. As a singing actor, you have to not only know the words, but understand what you're communicating. Learn to apply the basics of text-analysis to engage more richly with your repertoire.

  • Monday, March 16, 7pm
    Madama Butterfly movement workshop with Jacques Lemay
    Jacques Lemay explores some of the specifics of movement and gesture in traditional Japanese costume.


Artist Lounge

Get to know a visiting opera professional through a curated discussion in an informal atmosphere.
Wingate Studio, 925 Balmoral Road
No charge | Please register in advance: .

  • Tuesday March 17, 7pm
    Aesthetics of Puccini with Joey Pietraroia
    Robert Holliston and Joey Pietraroia, conductor of Madama Butterfly, discuss what makes Puccini, Puccini.