Pacific Opera moves to Baumann Centre

New facility includes a public entrance, rehearsal and recital hall as well as a music room

Pacific Opera Victoria has found a new home in the Baumann Centre.

Formerly the Hall of the Church of St. John the Divine, the space was re-designed to include a public entrance, rehearsal and recital hall as well as a music room.

The project was able to happen with the help of more than 100 donors who gathered on Feb. 16, the centre’s opening, to celebrate the $2 million fundraising campaign.

“The inspiring generosity of many patrons and donors has made this centre possible,” said Pacific Opera Victoria executive director Patrick Corrigan.

The centre’s namesake Egon Baumann was a Victoria philanthropist as well as the founder of Speedway Motors.

The 7,000-square-foot facility will host opera rehearsals, artist training programs and other community engagements.

Department of Canadian Heritage funded specialized lighting, sound and audiovisual recording equipment through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

The Baumann Centre is located at 925 Balmoral Rd.

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