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 from Saturday July 14 to Sunday August 12, rehearsing and performing a role in a challenging work in a positive, friendly atmosphere with professionals who care about where you are and understand what you need to progress. Join us for our 14th year!
The 2018 Festival Season
July 14 to August 12, 2018
From the greatest early Baroque opera ever written, to Mozart’s dark masterpiece to an English work of genius; from big roles to small roles, we have something for everyone!
Why study with HSOF?
We see your potential.
When Nina, our Artistic Director, auditions you, either in person or by distance, she’s really paying attention. You’re not just another singer in a box, you’re a performing artist at a particular stage of your journey. HSOF recognizes that.
We care about you
We think people make great strides on stage when they’re supported and encouraged. We work hard to create a positive atmosphere in which singers are treated with equal respect as young artists, regardless of the size of their roles.
You'll work with great faculty
Build your resume and skill set
Last year's productions
See photos, cast lists and production teams for the 2017 Festival here.
Britten's Albert Herring
How to apply:
You can use the Application form now for Distance and Skype auditions, as well as for live auditions in London, ON on Sunday November 5, Toronto on Saturday November 11, Montreal on Monday November 13 and Tuesday November 14, Sackville, NB on Wednesday November 15 and Halifax, NS on Saturday November 18.
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. APPLICATION FORM LIVE NOW for distance applications and in person auditions in London, ON on Sunday November 5, Toronto on Saturday November 11, Montreal on Monday November 13 and Tuesday November 14 and Sackville, NB on Wednesday November 15.
Prepare your audition package
We’ll ask to hear three contrasting pieces, one of which should be in English. They don’t have to be 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 the month of November in the following cities:
- LONDON, ON (Sunday November 6)
- TORONTO, ON (Saturday November 11)
- MONTREAL, QC (Monday November 13 and Tuesday November 14)
- SACKVILLE, NB (Wednesday November 15)
- HALIFAX, NS (Saturday November 18)
Can’t make a live audition? Not to worry — we cast many singers, particularly from the States and the Western provinces, via distance auditions. We accept distance applications until all roles are cast, but to be considered in the first round of casting, please have your materials to us no later than November 21.
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