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

Programs for Educators and Youth


Student Preview

A Night at the Opera

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.


"Living Opera" Complimentary In-classroom Workshops

April 8 to 26, 2019

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.

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
  • Observe, listen, describe, inquire, and predict how artists (dancers, actors, musicians, and visual artists) use processes, materials, movements, technologies, tools, and techniques

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


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)


Summer Opera Works
Youth Camp

Tuesday, July 2, to Saturday, July 6, 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 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.


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

  Wilson's Transportation Ltd

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!


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