Children and young people love opera! Some 3000 students each season experience fully staged opera productions through Pacific Opera's Student Preview.
Full-time students in elementary, middle, secondary and post-secondary institutions, as well as home learners, have the opportunity to attend the dress rehearsals for Pacific Opera's productions. Tickets are ordered through a recognized school, college or university, and tickets are distributed to full-time students only.
It couldn't be easier to plan a group outing to the theatre. Supervisors collect the payments and then make a group booking by calling 250-385-0222.
School groups can enjoy the opera for the low price of $15 per ticket.
Supervisors: One supervisor is required for every 10 students (for middle school aged students). Maximum of 1 supervisor for every 5 students.
Senior High School and University students may purchase tickets on their own from the Pacific Opera Victoria Box Office with valid student ID.
Tickets are non-refundable. Please book at least one week prior to performance day. Tickets will be mailed to you prior to the performance.
Online resources for the productions can be found on our website just prior to each opera to help teachers introduce each new opera to the classroom and to allow anyone who is interested to explore each new opera.
Secret Alter Egos (Recommended for grades 3 to 8)
An engaging introduction to opera for elementary school students, bringing singing storytellers into the classroom for 40 minutes of fun and music-based learning.
Through the lens of the comic operetta Countess Maritza, our musical storytellers will explore the transformative power of alter egos. Using this enjoyable tale of mistaken identity, students will uncover ideas of transformation and using comedy to tell heartfelt stories. This presentation includes live music and group participation to create an alter ego showdown.
Arts Education K-7
Language Arts K-7
To book tickets to the Student Dress Rehearsal or to arrange a Living Opera in-class workshop, please contact the box office at Pacific Opera Victoria: 250.385.0222 or
Tuesday, July 2, to Saturday, July 6, 9 am to 3:30 pm
The Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Rd
For Kids 8 to 13
Learn to tell a story through music, with guidance from singer and teaching artist Erin Cunes and composer Christine Donkin. Create scenes to tell your story. Decide what is a solo, what is a duet. Write the lyrics, make up the tunes, and then work with visual artist Nathan Davis to design, build, and paint the set.
For the grand finale, finish the week with a performance of your new opera for family members.
$225 per child.
To register or to learn more about available bursaries, please contact Rebecca Hass at or call 250.382.1641 ext. 204.
Students who love opera but can't make it to a dress rehearsal can take advantage of these discount programs:
To book Student Dress Rehearsal tickets or a complimentary in-class workshop, please contact the Pacific Opera Victoria box office: 250.385.0222 or
Opera Bus Sponsor
Wilson's Transportation will offer a 15% discount for any schools booking bus transportation to the opera! Please call them at 250-475-3235 to make a booking!