Jodie Alcorn-Miller

Alcorn-Miller grew up in a musical family where she played in band and took music lessons. However, she has always felt the most at home while singing. This year, she joins HSOF as a soprano playing the role of “Alcina” in Alcina! Find out more about Jodie’s opera here:

Alcina (1735)


The 2019 festival

This year, HSOF welcomes over 50 performers from around the world, including many from Nova Scotia and the Maritimes, all of whom underwent competitive auditions. We are excited to introduce Jodie Alcorn-Miller as a performer this summer!

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Q:  When did you start studying voice? Where are you studying now?

A:  I studied with my mother, Janice Alcorn, until grade 11 then through many teachers between high school and post-graduate studies. Right now I am not with a steady teacher. I aim to balance following my instincts and keeping a very careful awareness of technique. I have full intentions of being a student of voice forever- with “check-up” lessons scattered throughout!

Q:  What is the best part about starting a new opera?

A:  I like meeting all the different people. For HSOF this year there will be many new faces and many that I know a little and some that I know well. 

Diving into a large work like this, especially in this workshop setting, is all-consuming. Despite missing a few glorious beach days, I absolutely adore waking up each day knowing I’m going to sing for hours and get my butt kicked.

Q:What came first for you: theatre or music? Has your preference changed over time?

A:  “Music came first, and still does. I enjoy many kinds of music, for teaching, listening, performing. With that said, theatre is another outlet to escape and have fun- the older I get the more I can stretch that escape, and therefore the fun!”

Q:  Who is your biggest inspiration in the non-opera world?

A:  “I wouldn’t say he’s my biggest inspiration in the world, but definitely my most constant inspiration. This is my husband, Andrew the jazz drummer. His passion for growing, learning, the nitty-gritty, and not settling for anything less than the best possible is indeed inspiring. His expectations of himself and his colleagues are high; those around him, myself included, feel that passion and work to meet that standard.”

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