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
Our faculty and staff are passionate about supporting you, challenging you and giving you the tools to get to the next step in your performing journey. We’re all about practical, real-world help that prepares you for professional gigs.
Build your resume and skill set
It’s a great way to add a role to your c.v. and learn the performance skills that will last you a lifetime. Have fun, learn lots, make friends and connections, and spend four weeks next summer in beautiful Halifax!
How to apply:
We are now accepting distance applications for the second round of casting for the 2018 Season. While all soprano roles have been double cast (either actually or with offers out) at this point, we have good roles left for mezzos and men! Check our frequently-updated list of AVAILABLE ROLES and then fill in the Application Form!
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 until all roles are filled.
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.
We will accept distance applications until all roles are cast.
Last year's productions
See photos, cast lists and production teams for the 2017 Festival here.
Britten's Albert Herring
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