Victoria Arts Guide
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Stories so big they have to be sung!
Opera performance and exploration is at the heart of Pacific Opera Victoria’s 2018/19 season, which features original productions of Fidelio, La traviata, and Countess Maritza — plus a kaleidoscope of concerts, discussions and experiences that invite you to discover the many surprising delights of opera.

The season opens with Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio. With its timeless call for human justice, this magnificent work is a sublime expression of Beethoven’s passionate belief in freedom and hope. Acclaimed Canadian soprano Aviva Fortunata makes her debut in the title role, and Dutch director Wim Trompert returns to Victoria to direct this unforgettable masterpiece.

Lighting up the stage in February is Verdi’s La traviata, one of opera’s most enduring love stories. In this sumptuous production set in the 1920s, Violetta is a music hall artist — beautiful, sought after, but not quite respectable. As her tragedy unfolds, we marvel at Verdi’s compassionate and extravagantly melodic portrayal of a woman who isn’t allowed to fit in. POV has teamed up with four other Canadian opera companies to create a beautiful new production of this glorious and deservedly popular opera.

The season comes to a deliriously happy ending with Emmerich Kálmán’s luscious operetta, Countess Maritza, the story of a beguiling young countess who invents a fiancé in order to keep her hordes of admirers at bay. Of course, it’s inevitable that she will find true love — and that the music will be utterly gorgeous.

Fidelio, La traviata, and Countess Maritza are all presented at the Royal Theatre, with POV Artistic Director Timothy Vernon conducting the Victoria Symphony.

There’s more …

In November, POV presents Ayre at the Baumann Centre. This fascinating 21st century song cycle is based on stories and music from three cultures — Jewish, Christian and Muslim — and performed by Lebanese-Canadian soprano Miriam Khalil and Victoria’s internationally acclaimed Aventa Ensemble. Hear stories of murder and love, war, seduction and exile told in music that veers from classical and opera to klezmer and folk.

In addition, The Co|Opera|tive is a series of inspiring events and experiences intended for everyone — youth, artists and community. This ever-changing smorgasbord of events includes classroom visits and youth camps as well as recitals, film screenings, discussions and hands-on workshops for passionate amateurs.

For opera tickets, and to discover everything POV has to offer, contact Pacific Opera Victoria at: 250-385-0222 or visit: pov.bc.ca