Are you looking for a supportive, artist-centred
summer opera program?

Welcome to the Halifax Summer Opera Festival! We’re marking our 15th season in 2019, from July 13 to August 11. 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 2019 Festival Season

From Baroque genius to French fantasy and German singspiel, from big roles to small roles, we have something for everyone! Our shows this year will include Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann and Handel’s Alcina.

Check out our Season Repertoire page for more details of creative teams and the latest updated cast lists.

2018 Festival productions

See photos, cast lists and production teams for last year's Festival here.

Mozart's Don Giovanni


Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream


Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea


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

program costS

The tuition fee for the 2019 Halifax Summer Opera Festival is $1975.00 Canadian. This does not cover transportation, housing and other expenses.

We do have a small number of partial scholarships available which are awarded on the basis of need and talent.


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 be drawn from opera repertoire, 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 very 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:

  • TORONTO: November 3 and 10
  • LONDON: Sunday November 4
  • MONTREAL: Monday November 12 and Tuesday November 13
  • HALIFAX: SATURDAY November 17

Can’t make a live audition? Not to worry — we cast many singers via distance auditions. We accept distance applications until all roles are cast.

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Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

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