& Engagement

Madama Butterfly, 2015. Nate Ingram, Arminče Kassabian, Jee Hye Han. Emily Cooper Photography

The exhilaration of a night at the opera, the synergy of music, human passion, dramatic action, and visual effects – nothing comes close to the richness and excitement of the opera experience.

The more you know and understand about the opera you are seeing, the richer the experience. The humour will be more immediate, the drama more poignant, the meaning more profound.

POV provides a synopsis in the house programme and surtitles on screen to help explain the opera when you're in the theatre.

We also bring you many ways to discover the depth and delight of each opera outside the walls of the theatre.


Opera for Schools, Educators, and Youth

Artist Training

  • Workshops, master classes, and more, for students of voice and practicing artists working in the fields of music, theatre, stage design and direction.

Opera for the Community

  • Inside Opera with Robert Holliston: Free opera previews hosted by POV's Principal Coach Robert Holliston.

  • Inside Opera at the Union Club: Lunch at the Union Club, plus an opera preview by Robert Holliston.

  • Pre-Performance Lobby Lectures: Ticket holders for each opera performance are invited to arrive early and hear an entertaining introduction to the opera. The lobby lecture begins one hour before curtain for each mainstage performance.

  • Events at the Baumann Centre: A wide variety of education and engagement events at the Baumann Centre for Pacific Opera Victoria.

  • Free Community Concerts: From time to time, POV artists perform free concerts at selected community venues and seniors' residences.

  • Master Classes: Free public master classes. Observe as one of POV's principal artists coaches selected members of the POV chorus, followed by a question-and-answer period. Dates to be confirmed.

Read, Listen, and Discover

  • Online resources: POV's Best of Youtube, Production design images, cast biographies, synopsis and background for each opera, and more. All are at your fingertips, helping you prepare for and discover the unexpected in each opera.

  • Key Notes: POV's newsletter, sent to all subscribers and donors, provides insights into each opera and details of related events. Available online before each opera and for later download from our resource archive.

POV Enews

POV Opera Resources


Canada Council for the Arts

Capital Regional District

Supported by the Province of British Columbia

British Columbia Arts Council, An Agency of the Province of British Columbia


NRS Foundation

Victoria Foundation


ALACS Foundation

Quail Rock Foundation

Barbara and Philip Potash Foundation

Hamber Foundation



RBC Foundation


TD 30 and Younger