Chief Executive Officer
Ian Rye

Ian Rye

Ian Rye, MBA

With Pacific Opera, Ian has stewarded the creation of over 50 new opera productions, supported five new opera commissions, cultivated an enhancement of artistic scope, and orchestrated a co-production model that has positioned Victoria-made productions on opera stages across Canada and the U.S. He has stewarded youth and education programs and community collaborations, and was key to the creation of the Baumann Centre as a community hub for increased participation in opera.

Previously, Ian was the Director of Production and Artistic Administration for Pacific Opera Victoria, the Director of Production at the Belfry Theatre, and an Instructor of Lighting Design at the University of Victoria. His scenic and lighting designs for dance, opera and theatre have played at notable stages across Canada. His designs for Pacific Opera Victoria include the world première of Mary's Wedding, Ariadne auf Naxos, and South Pacific.

Ian earned an MBA in Executive Management from Royal Roads University and is an alumnus of the Opera America Leadership Intensive. He previously studied theatre production and design at Ryerson and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He is a member of the board of directors of and a recent contributor to the World Opera Forum and the Arts and Culture Master Plan Advisory Group for the City of Victoria.