Pacific Opera Victoria is deeply committed to nurturing emerging artists. Each year we offer several promising artists professional debuts in leading roles in our mainstage production, alongside seasoned artists of significant experience. We are also proud to offer 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 offers career-forging experience in performing and working with a professional opera company for Canadian singers who have completed or are completing pre-professional training. Our Young Artist Training program 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.
Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music are launching a collaborative Opera Studio project. This comprehensive training program will culminate in fully staged school performances of Mary's Wedding, an opera that POV originally commissioned for a 2011 world première. Now, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, we have commissioned a reduction of Mary's Wedding for our next 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.
Pacific Opera Victoria offers a range of workshops, master classes by visiting artists, and other programs designed for our chorus members, for students of voice, and for practising artists working in the fields of music, theatre, stage design and direction.