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For Immediate Release
July 15th, 2019

Show your Pride, Halifax — it’s the fifth annual Opera Backwards at the Bus Stop Theatre!

Every year the Halifax Summer Opera Festival salutes Halifax Pride with this riff on Broadway Backwards, the annual NYC show where musical theatre numbers are given an LGBT twist. Come and experience gay and lesbian stories told through the great arias and duets of opera and operetta, sung by the participants in the fifteenth annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Friday July 26, 8:00 pm at the Bus Stop Theatre. Tickets are $20 and seating is limited.

The evening will be cohosted by drag performer Bunni Lapin and bio-queen La Diva Stupenda.

“Opera is already pretty damned queer” says Artistic Director Nina Scott-Stoddart. “A regular part of operatic conventions sees young women playing young men — every mezzo soprano is basically a drag king at some point in her career.” Scott-Stoddart adds, “Most LGBTQ+ people who love opera feel a connection between their journeys and the art form, and we’re going to tell some of those stories!”  The evening is also very funny and definitely not suitable for children!

Don’t forget to check out all the other events of the Festival! Tickets are on sale online at TicketHalifax.com, by phone at (902) 422-6278 (ext. 500), in person at The Coast’s offices, 2309 Maynard Street, or at the venue an hour before the show, payable by cash, credit card, tappable debit, ApplePay or cheque.  Audience members can also buy season passes, which will get them into every performance of every show.

Halifax Summer Opera Festival and Workshop educates and develops both singers and audiences through the performance of operatic repertoire.  For fourteen seasons, HSOF has presented fully staged operas each summer, giving singers from university undergrads to professionals opportunities to learn roles in the context of performing an entire, full-staged opera.  Participants are selected from live or recorded auditions and participate in rehearsals and master classes on everything from auditioning techniques to dramatic and musical interpretations by seasoned pros.  HSOF is a not-for-profit charitable society with a volunteer Board of Directors, based in Halifax.  You can find out all the details at www.halifaxsummeroperafestival.com.

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Information / interviews: 
Bodhi Anders: mobile: 902-293-0264 or email: bodhi.anders@gmail.com

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