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Mary's Wedding, 2015. Caitlin Wood, Kaden Forsberg, Jeremy Bowes, Photo: David Bukach

Programs for Educators and Youth


Student Dress Rehearsal Program


NOTE on Student Dress Rehearsal for La traviata, February 12, 2019

For those who had tickets but were unable to attend due to the snow, we would be pleased to extend one of the following options:

  • an exchange for tickets to the dress rehearsal of Countess Maritza on Tuesday April 23, 2019
  • or a refund for the full value of all tickets.

For those families who wish to see La traviata on another date, $15 Student Rush Tickets are available at the Royal Theatre one hour before curtain for performances on Saturday, February 16, at 8 pm; Wednesday, February 20, at 7pm; or Friday, February 22, at 8 pm. We would be pleased to extend rush tickets to chaperones who accompany more than 2 students to one of these performances.


A Night at the Opera

Children and young people love opera! Some 3000 students each season experience fully staged opera productions through POV's Student Dress Rehearsal Program. The opera performance includes a unique, interactive intermission presentation – and sometimes a sneak peek behind the curtain.

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 POV`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.

Dress Rehearsal Program Information (PDF)
(includes Teacher Information Sheet, Permission Slip, Tracking Sheet, and Poster)

2018/19 Student Dress Rehearsal dates:

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.


"Living Opera" Complimentary In-classroom Workshops

An engaging introduction to opera for elementary school students, bringing singing storytellers into the classroom for 40 mins of fun and music-based learning.

(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.

Following the story of Verdi's opera, La traviata, our musical storytellers Geoff Malcolm and Nolan Kehler will encourage students' imaginations to run wild with 'what if' endings to scenes. Themes of friendship, peer pressure, and following your heart will be explored through the lens of changing times. Students will hear live music and participate through creative rewrites and improvisation.

Curriculum Connections

Arts Education K-7
  • Explore relationships between identity, place, culture, society, and belonging through the arts
  • Create artistic works collaboratively and as an individual using ideas inspired by imagination, inquiry, experimentation, and purposeful play
  • Express, feelings, ideas, and experiences through the arts
  • Examine relationships between the arts and the wider world
  • Reflect on works of art and creative processes to understand artists' intentions
  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of personal, social, cultural, historical, and environmental contexts in relation to the arts
  • Reflect on creative processes and make connections to other experiences
Language Arts K-7
  • Make connections between ideas from a variety of sources and prior knowledge to build understanding
  • Recognize how different texts reflect different purposes
  • Engage actively as listeners, viewers, and readers, as appropriate, to develop understanding of self, identity, and community
  • Exchange ideas and perspectives to build shared understanding

These free workshops are offered from January 28 to February 15, 2019.


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

Dress Rehearsal and Workshop Information (PDF)


Teen Master Class

Monday, March 11, 7 pm
The Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Rd

Classical singers preparing for the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival will be mentored in a master class setting by aspiring teaching artists from Pacific Opera's Artist Development Program.

Free. Reserve at 250-382-1641 or


"Opera Works" for Youth
Spring Break Camp

March 18 to 22, 9 am to 3:30 pm
The Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Rd

Create and stage your very own opera!

For Kids 8 to 13

Learn to tell a story through music, with guidance from singer and teaching artist Eve-Lyn de la Haye 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 an artist 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 or extended childcare, please contact Rebecca Hass at or call 250.382.1641 ext. 204.


Ticket Options for Students

Students who love opera but can't make it to a dress rehearsal can take advantage of these discount programs:

  • Student Rush Tickets are available at the door of the Royal Theatre one hour prior to any regular performance (valid student ID required, subject to availability). Rush tickets are $15 for the best seats available anywhere in the theatre!
  • The TD 30 and Younger Program is a free membership program for anyone aged 30 or under. Members are eligible to buy up to two tickets per performance for 50% off the regular adult ticket price on selected performances and seating sections. Learn more.



To book Student Dress Rehearsal tickets or a complimentary in-class workshop, please contact the Pacific Opera Victoria box office: 250.385.0222 or

For information about our education or community outreach programs, please contact Janet Lewis, Director of Marketing, at 250-382-1641 or


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


Government of Canada

David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund

ALACS Foundation

Hamber Foundation

Barbara and Philip Potash Foundation

Quail Rock Foundation



TD 30 and Younger