Growing up in Toronto, Nina Scott-Stoddart was introduced to the world of opera through two powerful women in her life. Her grandmother provided her with the very first tastes of listening to opera, while her mother, who was a talented singer, supported Nina in every way possible to pursue a musical career. Music continued to play a heavy role in Nina’s life throughout her schooling, but she really began to focus on singing after high school. After joining a church choir and being specially trained by the music director, Nina experienced her first arias, and her very first opera. Today, Nina seeks to further her love and experience by directing one of the three main stage operas in our 2018 Summer Opera Festival; Don Giovanni. Nina has previously worked as director for this play nearly twelve years ago. Her knowledge of the ins and outs of Mozart’s great opera paired with her keen eye to recognize brilliance amongst a diverse cast makes her a truly incredible person to fill this position. To increase the diversity of both production teams and performers all along the line is a concept that Nina values and believes in with tremendous amounts of passion. Having more women and minorities immersed in opera culture is one of her top priorities.
“Halifax Summer Opera Festival is the culmination of a lifetime of seeking to make opera immediate, demystified and relevant – to remove from it the burden or stain of high art and to bring it up close to audiences and performers.” – Nina Scott-Stoddart