Are you looking for a fun, supportive
summer opera program?

Welcome to the Halifax Summer Opera Festival! Spend four weeks in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada rehearsing and performing a role in a challenging work in a positive, friendly atmosphere with professionals who understand where you are and what you need to progress.

The 2017 Festival Season

From Baroque genius to English comedy to full-on verismo, from big roles to small roles, we have something for everyone!


By G.F. Handel
Conductor Eszter Horvath
Director Carmen Kruse

Albert Herring

by Benjamin Britten
Conductor Nicholas Gilmore
Director David Mosey

Carmen or La boheme

Big verismo, sung in original language
Conductor Peter Oleskevich
Director Nina Scott-Stoddart

Our standard of productions

Put yourself in the picture! Our productions are attractive and well-produced and you'll be proud to have been a part of them. See photos, cast lists and production teams for the 2016 Festival here.

Mozart's Cosi fan tutte

Halifax Summer Opera Festival 2016

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Handel's Rodelina

2016 production in Italian with small ensemble.

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Puccini One Acts

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.

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What our participants say

“Halifax Summer Opera Festival is sort of magical. It’s an excellent place to work on your first role, or a larger role, or to try something new that you’ve always wanted to do! The productions are creative and full of ideas. The rehearsal process allows for performers to experiment dramatically and musically in a safe and fun environment: No matter where you are along your path, you are respected and appreciated for what you can contribute to the production. Thank you!”

Nicholas Borg

baritone, Dapertutto, Coppelius, Starveling, Il Conte

“I would come back any time. The atmosphere is so supportive, everyone is on your side. I learned and grew so much as a singer and performer and I can’t wait to come back! ”

Jessica Lane

soprano, Foreign Princess, Carmen, Nicklausse, Vera Boronel

“Performing my first operatic role in such a safe and supportive environment like this was simply the best thing that could’ve happened to me. I loved HSOW.. ”

Chelsea Mahan

soprano, Helena from Midsummer Night's Dream

How to apply:

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Fill in the application form

It’s all online, including the application fee payment, which is $40 Canadian. You tell us a bit about yourself, indicate which roles interest you and choose an audition method.  Go to Application Form now.

Prepare your audition package

We’ll ask to hear three contrasting pieces, one of which should be in English. They don’t have to operatic, if you’re just beginning. If you’re looking for a specific role, especially a lead, then please sing either an aria from the opera or something similar. For details, see How to Apply

Audition for Nina

Artistic Director Nina Scott-Stoddart personally selects every participant, by live or digital audition.
This year auditions will be held in:

  • SACKVILLE: November 1 or 2
  • TORONTO: November 10 and 11
  • LONDON: Saturday November 12
  • EDMONTON: Monday November 14
  • LETHBRIDGE: Thursday November 17
  • MONTREAL: Saturday November 19

Can’t make a live audition? Not to worry — we cast many singers, particularly from the States, via distance auditions.

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PO Box 1819

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

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