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VS & Pacific Opera Victoria at the Cameron Bandshell

August 3 @ 6:00 pm

This Open Air concert features excerpts from our upcoming Masterworks Series and Pacific Opera Victoria’s 2024/25 Season, plus special pre-concert activities to be announced.

Toot a trumpet! Visit a violin! Cuddle a cello! Arrive early to enjoy the Instrument Petting Zoo starting at 5 pm. The Instrument Petting Zoo gives children of all ages the opportunity to try a musical instrument. It’s a relaxing and fun way to spark a child’s interest in music and gives them a firsthand try at many different instruments. Our capable student volunteers will guide your child to the right way to hold, blow, or bow each instrument.

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor

Giuseppe Pietraroia is Associate Conductor for the Victoria Symphony and newly appointed Principal Conductor of Pacific Opera Victoria. As a guest conductor he has been engaged by l’Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestra London, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, Okanagan Symphony, Regina Symphony, Kingston Symphony and Thunder Bay Symphony.

His extensive opera engagements with Pacific Opera Victoria include productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, La traviata, La bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma, Rigoletto, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, La Cenerentola, Tosca, and Let’s Make an Opera/The Little Sweep. In addition, he has conducted productions for l’Opéra de Montréal, l’Opéra de Québec, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Edmonton Opera, Opera New Brunswick, Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, and l’Institut Canadien d’Art Vocal.

With Victoria Choral Society, where he was Music Director for seven seasons, Maestro Pietraroia conducted performances of Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Victoria Symphony, a choreographed production of Orff’s Carmina Burana in collaboration with Ballet Victoria, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, and the Duruflé and Fauré Requiems.

Maestro Pietraroia has recorded a cd with soprano Marie-Josée Lord and l’Orchestre Métropolitain for the ATMA label, which won a Felix award granted by l’ADISQ and was also nominated for a JUNO award.

Giuseppe Pietraroia is the recipient of the George and Jane Heffelfinger Pacific Opera Victoria Artist of the Year Award and the Canada Council’s Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestral Conducting.

Verdi: La forza del destino: Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” – Mvt. I
Mozart: Così fan tutte: “Come scoglio”
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 – Mvt. III Valse
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito: Overture
Mozart: Concert aria “Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo”
Portman: Emma: End Titles
Verdi: Rigoletto: Duet, Act I “Figlia!… Mio padre!”
J. Strauss Jr.: Emperor Waltzes

Media to come.


August 3
starts at 6:00 pm


Victoria Symphony


Cameron Bandshell, Beacon Hill Park
250 Bridge Way
Victoria, BC Canada
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Concert Programme

  • Verdi
    La forza del destino: Overture
  • Beethoven
    Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" – Mvt. I
  • Mozart
    Cosi fan tutte: "Come scoglio"
  • Tchaikovsky
    Symphony No. 5 – Mvt. III Valse
  • Mozart
    La clemenza di Tito: Overture
  • Mozart
    Concert aria "Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo"
  • Portman
    Emma: End Titles
  • Verdi
    Rigoletto: Duet, Act I "Figlia!... Mio padre!"
  • J. Strauss Jr.
    Emperor Waltzes