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New partnership with Pacific Opera Victoria spreads love of learning

February 14, 2018

Pacific Opera Victoria and the Greater Victoria Public Library announced on Valentine’s Day they are partnering to give newcomers the opportunity to attend opera performances free of charge.

POV will provide GVPL with 32 pairs of tickets to its upcoming opera productions, beginning with La Bohème, opening at the Royal Theatre on February 15. Together, POV and GVPL will work with organizations in Greater Victoria to receive the tickets and distribute them to people who would otherwise not be able to attend.

The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria and the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, will receive tickets for La Bohème and the season’s finale production of Rinaldo in April. Along with tickets, GVPL is providing educational material to enhance the experience: a list of suggested materials (books, CDs, DVDs) related to the operas to borrow.

“It’s been said that ‘opera is music for the heart.’ It has such universal appeal,” said Maureen Sawa, CEO of GVPL. “Opera goers will see the performance live on stage, and the journey continues with books and music in the library collection to support what they’ve experienced.”

“Pacific Opera Victoria is very pleased to be part of this unique learning experience,” said Ian Rye, CEO of POV. “We look forward to sharing the thrill of live opera through this exciting partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce newcomers to opera in Victoria. For some of the newcomers, this will be completely new, and for others, it may provide a comforting memory of home,” said Jean McRae, CEO, Inter-Cultural Association of Victoria. “Music, particularly the human voice, transcends language and culture and connects us. The recipients of this opportunity will be very grateful indeed.”

“Many of VIRCS’s clients come from varied backgrounds. Many are artists and art lovers who, due to changed circumstances in their new life in Canada, may not be able to attend fine arts exhibitions and shows,” said David Lau, VIRCS’s executive director. “VIRCS appreciates the consideration and confidence of both POV and GVPL in this small but meaningful partnership. VIRCS and GVPL have done some amazing projects in the past, and we always look forward to participating in socially beneficial work with our friends.”


Media Contacts
Jessica Woollard, Communications Officer, Greater Victoria Public Library
Office: 250-940-4875 ext. 346   Mobile: 778-679-7228 or [email protected]

Rebecca Hass, Director of Community Engagement, Pacific Opera Victoria
Phone: 250-382-1641 or [email protected]

About Greater Victoria Public Library
Greater Victoria Public Library builds community and supports literacy and lifelong learning by providing free access to information, space, tools and expertise. GVPL provides services and collections in 11 libraries and online at to more than 315,000 residents in 10 municipalities. The library is your place to connect, discover and imagine.

About POV
Pacific Opera Victoria (POV) has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s leading opera companies, thanks to its dynamic repertoire choices, its original productions, and its commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for artists and audiences. Founded in 1979, POV has become one of Canada’s most exciting arts institutions.


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