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!
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 a singer, 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.
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 your 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!
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.
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
“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
“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
How to apply:
Ready? Go to the Application form now!
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
- TORONTO: November 10 and 11
- LONDON: Saturday November 12
- MONTREAL: Saturday November 19
- WOLVILLE: Wednesday November 23
Can’t make a live audition? Not to worry — we cast many singers, particularly from the States, 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 26.