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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
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, and Tracking Sheet)

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.

Note: Limited financial assistance for the dress rehearsal may be available through Cherniavsky's "Mr. Music" Fund, offered through Artstarts. The fund offers grants to schools to assist in purchasing tickets for students to attend live performances, up to a maximum subsidy of $5 per ticket. Application Deadline is November 1, 2018.
Guidelines and Application Form.


"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)

The Quest for Freedom

Fidelio tells the story of a woman who disguises herself as a prison guard in a daring attempt to rescue her husband from certain death in a political prison. In this edition of Living Opera our musical storytellers ask the question: What does freedom mean to you?

With performer Geoff Malcolm and soprano Anna Shill, students will explore the fight for freedom through writing and singing exercises, both in the time of Beethoven and in the world today. The culmination will be a riff on the Beethoven classic Ode to Joy and the creation of their very own freedom song.

Workshop presenters are Geoff Malcolm and Anna Shill

These free workshops are offered from September 24 to October 12, 2018.


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)


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

  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



RBC Foundation


TD 30 and Younger