Artist Development

Mary's Wedding, 2011. David Cooper Photography

Artist Development programs offered by Pacific Opera Victoria include a suite of coaching, workshop, and mentorship programs delivered by distinguished teachers, singers, creative artists, and specialists in voice, music, theatre, stage design and direction. The program offerings include the following.

Master Classes

(Free. Open to the public.)

Master classes with distinguished visiting artists feature some of Canada's finest musical artists, selected for their teaching skill and professional experience. These master classes provide superb learning opportunities for young singers and allow observers to see exceptional teaching in action. Each class focuses on a particular topic, repertoire style, or voice type. Both the students being coached and the audience of students, educators, and opera lovers benefits from this unique learning experience.



A wide range of engaging professional training opportunities is offered free of charge and by invitation only to members of the POV Chorus, select students of voice and theatre, and young artists working in the local community.

Artists are asked to email to confirm attendance at any workshops, vocal clinics, coachings, and diction sessions.

Opera Workshops

This dynamic workshop curriculum addresses stage movement, acting technique, and character development, and is carefully crafted to complement the demands of Pacific Opera's productions and the needs of the participants. Workshops are offered to the Chorus and to students of the Victoria Conservatory of Music Opera Studio and University of Victoria School of Music.

Vocal Clinics and Career Preparation

This varied offering of group sessions addresses the technical aspects of singing on stage and in an audition setting.

Lyric Diction Sessions

Learn the basics of diction and the demands of singing idiomatically in languages other than English.. Voice faculty Giuseppe Pietraroia and Tatiana Vassilieva.

Individual Vocal Coachings

Individual musical and dramatic coachings are offered to the POV Chorus to support vocal and musical development. Develop your skills and build confidence in performance with individualized music and dramatic coaching.

Feedback Auditions

Sing a practice voice audition and receive concrete, individual feedback from a panel of experienced opera and theatre professionals.

Artist Lounge

Artist Lounge connects young artists with visiting professionals in informal curated discussions which allow young artists to chat with guest professionals in a relaxed setting. Topics include career development and operatic repertoire. Guests include established singers, directors, and designers, as well as younger performers who have recently embarked on professional careers.


Artist Inquiries and RSVPs
Rebecca Hass, Director of Community Engagement


The POV Chorus



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

Hamber Foundation

Barbara and Philip Potash Foundation

Quail Rock Foundation

David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund



RBC Foundation


TD 30 and Younger