Timothy Vernon stirs conversation through sound. As founding artistic director of Pacific Opera Victoria (POV), he has engaged emerging and established artists alike to raise the profile of opera in Canada. Underpinning his work is the desire to move people into conversation in a way they might not find elsewhere. “Opera is a story told in music and there are many, many stories,” he says. “Some of them are disturbing, controversial, open-ended and unresolved. All of these things should be present in art because art should make you think.”
In recognition of his strong leadership in and contributions to Canada’s cultural scene, Royal Roads University is presenting him with an honorary degree June 19.
This story was also featured in the Times Colonist June 12.