Community Events

The Rake's Progress, 2009

  Robert Holliston

INSIDE OPERA with Robert Holliston

A FREE opera preview to help you discover even more about each original POV production. Host Robert Holliston chats about each opera and brings in special guests from the cast and creative team for interviews and performances. INSIDE Opera allows anyone to explore POV's productions, whether they have opera tickets or not.

Free of charge. Free Parking. Bring a friend!

2018/19 Dates

    Sunday, September 23, 2018
    2 sessions: 10 am or noon

    Sunday, February 3, 2019
    2 sessions: 10 am or noon

    Sunday, April 7, 2019
    2 sessions: 10 am or noon

Please reserve in advance, specifying your preferred session (10 am or noon):
250-382-1641 or
Or reserve online: RSVP

INSIDE Opera takes place at the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
MacLaurin Building, University of Victoria School of Music
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INSIDE OPERA at the Union Club

Enjoy lunch in elegant surroundings while Robert Holliston presents a special INSIDE Opera at the Union Club of Victoria.

11:45 am to 1:15 pm
Union Club Centennial Ballroom, 805 Gordon Street
$35 per person includes lunch (soup, sandwich, dessert, tea, coffee).

2018/19 Dates

Please call 250-382-1641 to reserve with payment. Please reserve at least three days before the event.

Dress code: Business Dress


Sense of Occasion

Pre-performance reception to celebrate the opening night of each production. Gourmet finger foods and wine. Space is limited. Dress is festive.

6:30 pm in the East Lobby of the Royal Theatre
$35 per person plus your opera ticket.

Please call 250-382-1641 to reserve with payment. Please reserve by the Friday before the event.


Pre-Performance Lobby Lectures

Ticket holders for each opera performance are invited to arrive early and hear an entertaining introduction to the opera. Robert Holliston, our genial and erudite guide chats about the composer, the opera, and the music. A delightful introduction to your opera experience!

Each pre-show lecture takes place in the west lobby of the Royal Theatre, beginning one hour before curtain. The lecture is free to ticket holders for the performance. No reservations are required. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.


Coloratura Seniors Concert Series

Coloratura brings opera into retirement residences and care facilities. Emerging singers from POV present free performances to residents who might not otherwise be able to enjoy the live performing arts. Each performance features a trio of singers, accompanied by Robert Holliston, who also curates the session with his entertaining commentary.

Coloratura's programming reflects and is inspired by each upcoming production.

Through Coloratura, POV is able to share opera with the community, showcase some of the amazing vocal talent in this region, and introduce seniors to this amazing art form. Concerts in Care: Presented by Health Arts Societies

Coloratura is presented in partnership with Concerts in Care, a program of the Health Arts Society