Let’s Make An Opera is a play in which we see a group of children and adults write and rehearse an opera; the second act is a performance of the finished opera, The Little Sweep, a touching morality tale that we can all empathize with. In this unique piece, you take an active role as the chorus of the opera. Don’t worry, it will be fun and together we can introduce the children in our lives to the joys of both opera and theatre.

A celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten in collaboration with Pacific Opera Victoria

Public Performances:
Saturday, March 2 – 7:30pm – Opening Night
Sunday, March 3 – 1:30pm
Friday, March 8 – 7:30pm
Saturday, March 9 – 7:30pm
Sunday, March 10 – 1:30pm
Ticket prices: $50 for Opening Night, $30 for all other shows (plus HST). Student and Senior discounts available for most performances, excluding Opening Night.

School Group Matinees:
Tuesday, March 5 & Wednesday, March 6 – 12:30pm (the matinee previously scheduled for Thursday, March 7 has been CANCELLED)
Ticket prices: $10 per student and $15 for chaperones (including HST).
School groups must be booked through the Pacific Opera Victoria office at 250-385-0222 or 250-382-1641. We have a few tickets available to the general public for the Student Matinees, for the regular public price, which may be purchased through the Belfry Box Office at 250-385-6815, not online.


Let’s Make An Opera & The Little Sweep generously supported by Thrifty Foods / Times Colonist / Telus / Victoria Foundation / Moss Rock Park Foundation / McLean Foundation / The Stewart Fund / Hamber Foundation / BC Arts Council / Province of BC / Canada Council for the Arts / CRD Arts Development Service


Cast & Artists

    • Rebecca Hass
    • Miss Baggott
    • Charlotte Corwin
    • Elisabeth Parrish / Rowan, the nursery maid
    • Michael Colvin
    • Clem, the Sweepmaster's assistant
    • Giles Tomkins
    • The Sweepmaster (Foul Frank)
    • Mary-Ellen Rayner:
    • Juliet Brook
    • Rebekah Janzen
    • Jared Reis
    • Jacob Holloway
    • Anthony Wagner
    • Molly Lydon
    • Antonia Neatby
    • Riccardo Fabris
    • Christian Turpin
    • Tori Farkas
    • Abigail Bowering
    • Benjamin Britten
    • Composer
    • Eric Crozier
    • Librettist
    • Giuseppe Pietraroia
    • Conductor
    • Rachel Peake
    • Director
    • Patrick Clark
    • Set and Costume Designer
    • Mark Eugster
    • Lighting Designer

The Heart of the Matter

  • Audience member Charles Clapham talks about attending the premiere of The Little Sweep

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