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Apply now for the 2016 Festival!

We're now taking applications for participants for the 12th annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival. We will hear live auditions in London, Toronto and Montreal from October 26 - November 2, Halifax on November 11 and will accept distance applications until all roles are filled.

Quick Links

  • What is HSOF?

    What is HSOF?

    Learn more about the friendliest, most supportive opera and musical theatre workshop around!

    what is hsof?
  • 2016 Season

    2016 Season

    Opera and musical theatre in beautiful Halifax: see what we have planned for our 2016 Main Stage shows!

    2016 Season
  • Faculty and Staff

    Faculty and Staff

    A great workshop starts with the staff. Here's who you'll be working and studying with at HSOF 2016.

    faculty and staff
  • FAQ


    Got questions? We've got answers. If there's anything this FAQ can't answer, please email us directly!


What’s New

  • Lauren Estey (Susannah) on CBC Saint John

    Hear Lauren’s interview here: http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/Information%20Morning%20-%20Saint%20John/ID/2673501607/

  • Halifax Summer Opera Festival 12th season announcement!

    We’re pleased to announce our 12th season of opera and musical theatre in Halifax, Canada. Nine by Maury Yeston A great musical theatre...

  • Halifax Herald article

    The Halifax Summer Opera Festival will stage Jules Massenet’s fairy tale opera Cendrillon (Cinderella) and Susannah by American composer Carlisle...

What people are saying

HSOW was one of the most magical experiences in my lifetime! I can’t think of a time more than at HSOW that my acting, singing and performance skills were so nurtured, fostered and appreciated. No matter how big or small your part in the production, you get all the personal one-on-one attention from the directors you could possibly need or want to better your craft.

As a ‘young artist’ (well over) 30, I found it nearly impossible to find a summer program that would accept me. HSOW is one of the few – if not the only one – that welcomes the blossoming talent of those not just in their twenties. I am so grateful that they saw potential in me when other programs didn’t.

Sarah Moore
Mrs Gleaton, 2010

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