Pacific Opera Victoria

Our mission is to create a dynamic operatic experience, and to inspire our audiences, artists, and community. In our vision, everyone will have the opportunity to make opera a part of their lives.

Albert Herring, 2013. David Cooper PhotographyOur Impact Why We Exist

Our Artistic Mission is to pursue excellence in the presentation of diverse repertoire, through innovative original productions and detailed performance practice, and to provide opportunity to artists throughout Canada at all stages of their careers, from student to mentor. In doing so, we will advance and preserve the traditions of our art form.

Our Community Mission is to engage diverse audiences from Vancouver Island and beyond in the communicative power of opera at performances and imaginative community events, and to encourage the use of opera as a resource for educators to enrich the learning of young people. In doing so, we will play a leadership role in the vitality of Vancouver Island.

Our Financial Stewardship Mission is to invite wide public and private investment in our activities by building strong relationships with our supporters, thoughtfully stewarding our financial resources, and ensuring effective, renewable leadership from an ensemble of board, staff, artists and volunteers. In doing so, we will ensure that our company remains dynamic as an institution of lasting importance.

Mary's Wedding, 2011. David Cooper PhotographyOur Story What We Do

Pacific Opera Victoria explores the breadth of operatic repertoire by presenting innovative, original productions of the most compelling and rewarding works from opera's 400-year history.

Our diverse programming and original productions translate into exceptional opportunities for Canadian creative artists and performers at all stages of their careers. Because we build all our productions in our Opera Shop, directors and designers can create original opera productions rather than adapt or rent existing ones. Experienced singers can take risks in a nurturing environment, make major role debuts and perform repertoire for which they may not be offered debuts elsewhere. Young emerging singers develop their artistic voices and make career-forging professional debuts.

Each season we produce three original productions in Victoria's beautiful, century-old Royal Theatre, as well as second-stage works in smaller venues such as the new Baumann Centre for Pacific Opera Victoria. POV's commitment to diverse repertoire has resulted in multiple Canadian premières as well as the 2011 world première of our commissioned opera, Mary's Wedding, and the world première of Les Feluettes (Lilies), a co-commission with Opéra de Montréal, with Montreal performances in 2016 and Victoria performances in April 2017.

POV engages young people and the community in the creation, performance, and experience of opera through a wide variety of education and training initiatives, including our Student Dress Rehearsal Program, Living Opera In-Class workshops, INSIDE Opera presentations with Robert Holliston, and a range of online resources about each opera. We also work with educators to bring opera into the school curriculum and to offer opera-based professional development to teachers.

Youth performers in The Marriage of Figaro. David Cooper PhotographyOur Programs How We Do It

Pacific Opera Victoria is significantly expanding our programming for Education, Artist Training, and Community Engagement thanks to the creation of the new  Baumann Centre.

Opened in 2015, the Baumann Centre houses POV’s administration and box office, opera rehearsals, and education, engagement, and artist training programs. It is actively used for rehearsals, performances, youth programs, and public engagement, by POV and by many local organizations, including the Victoria Children’s Choir, Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, and Victoria Symphony.

The Baumann Centre is a community space for the arts, a place to rehearse and create opera, to mentor youth, and develop the skills of young artists, and to invite everyone inside the opera experience, enriching their understanding and enjoyment of this beautiful, compelling art form.

More and more, Pacific Opera Victoria is also working in partnership with other organizations through collaborations and co-productions that make opera and the arts even more of a force in our community and in communities across Canada. POV productions have recently been seen at Opéra de Québec, Vancouver Opera, Opéra de Montréal, and Calgary Opera, among others. We are thrilled that we can have an impact beyond our immediate community, as audiences across the province and across the continent have the chance to experience the exciting original productions that our audiences see first in Victoria.

Brian Bannatyne-Scott as Falstaff, 2013. David Cooper PhotographyWhat You Can Do

If you care about opera and the future of the arts, please consider supporting Pacific Opera Victoria. Ticket revenue pays for less than half of what it costs to have opera in our community. Your donation helps make possible POV's original new productions, fosters education and engagement programs, supports initiatives to educate and delight families and youth, enriches the community, and nurtures emerging Canadian artists.

If you dream of creating a legacy to keep opera and the arts alive and thriving in Victoria for generations to come, please consider a bequest to the Pacific Opera Victoria Foundation. Your legacy will contribute to the rich cultural fabric of our community long into the future.

You may donate by phone, mail, or online. To discuss your giving intentions or to learn more, please contact us at 250.382.1641 or


Nicole Malcolm
Development Coordinator
250.382.1641 x212
Charitable Number: 119075547RR0001

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