2017 Festival

The 13th Annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival will run from July 15 to August 13, 2017. We will rehearse and perform three main stage shows in 2017. Each fully-staged and -costumed show will be presented with conductor and accompanied by piano or small instrumental ensemble.

How to apply

L’Egisto by Francesco Cavalli  (1643)
in Italian

conductor: Eszter Horvath
stage director: Carmen Kruse
collaborative harpsichordist: Brenda Joyce
stage manager: Amber Sanford
costume designer:
vocal and diction coach: Jennifer Farrell
cellist: Hilary Brown

L'EGISTO by Cavalli  
EgistoEdward LarocqueJeffrey Smith
LidioSarah NadreauAndrew Pickett
IpparcoAndré Gaudet
CloriKatherine Lerner Lee
ClimeneFrancesca AlexanderNatalie Harris
VenereSkyler CameronTaylor Kendig
AmoreJane SouceyKaitlyn Krogh
L'Aurore/SemeleCatherine ZanonMichelle Riley
La Notte/DidoneMegan Hayward
Bellezza/FedraKaela BoschMorgan Reid
Volupia/HeroJillana KuceyVeronica Oliver
ApolloAndrew PickettSarah Nadreau
DemaLandon Westerfield

Saturday, August 5, 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 6, 2:00 pm
Wednesday, August 9, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 12, 7:30 pm

Performances at David Mack Murray Studio at Fountain School for the Arts
with small instrumental ensemble including continuo

Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten
in English

conductor: Nicholas Gilmore
stage director: David Mosey
collaborative pianist: Danbee Ko
stage manager: Patricia Vinluan
assistant stage director: Sarah Rose
vocal and diction coach: Lucy Hayes-Davis
costumer: Marilyn McLaren
harpist: Ellen Gibling
percussionist: Trevor Brandenburg

Lady BillowsGiulianna MisasiAbigail Veenstra
Florence PikeSarah Klapman Grace McKinnon
Miss WordsworthBrenna RobinsAlison Petten (NL)
Vicar GedgeIan Green (NS)Jordan Gracie (NS)
Mayor UpfoldAndrew DernykLucas Kuipers
Superintendant BuddThomas Brosky (NS)
Albert HerringNolan Kehler (MB)Tayte Mitchell (AB)
Mrs HerringAdrienne Deering (NL)Susan Moore (England)
SidDylan Evans (USA)
NancyZoë GotziamanKathleen Flynn
EmmieAbigail Sinclair (NS)
CissieOliva MacGowan (NS)
HarryWilliam Dyer (NS)

Saturday, August 5, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 8, 7:30 pm
Friday, August 11, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 13, 2:00 pm

Performances at Sir James Dunn Theatre at Fountain School for the Arts

Carmen by Georges Bizet
in French

conductor: Peter Oleskevich
stage directors: Nina Scott-Stoddart and Andrew Pelrine
collaborative pianist: Giancarlo Scalia
stage manager: JoAnna Black
costume designer: Elizabeth Perry
vocal and diction coach: Jason Davis
assistant stage director: Erin Bardua

CARMEN by Bizet  
CarmenRose Naggar-Tremblay (QC)Zita Bombardier-Touret (QC)
Don JoseKoosha Korramian (Iran)Joel Edwards (USA)
EscamilloBranden Olsen (NB)
MicaelaLaura Nicole NielsenD'Arcy Blunston
Morales/DoncairoMarKo Hubert (QC)Mike Fan
FrasquitaCatherine Dupressoir (QC)Brittany Infranco (USA)
MercedesSarah Sharpe (NB)Mairi Demings (NS)
ZunigaColin Mackey (NL)
RemendadoTanis Gonzaga (USA)

Friday, August 4, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 6, 7:30 pm
Thursday, August 10, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 12, 2:00 pm

Performances at Sir James Dunn Theatre at Fountain School for the Arts with piano


  1. Phillip Mundy

    When do tickets come on sale and where can I buy them?

  2. Nina

    Hi, Phillip! We are running our own box office this year, and are still setting it up. We hope to have ticket sales live by the end of June.

  3. anthony ogus

    When will you announce the dates of performances?

  4. Nina

    Hi! We should have performance dates up within the month, but the actual casts performing won’t be announced until the end of the first week of the Festival.

  5. anthony ogus

    Hello Nina

    Two months later and the dates for the performances still not announced?

  6. Nina

    We’re still sorting out an issue with a cast member that may mean we have to switch performance dates around. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience!

  7. Elora Grace

    It says two separate things on two separate pages; this page says Cavalli’s L’egisto and the other says Handel’s Ariodante. Which production will accompany Albert Herring and Carmen?

  8. Elora Grace

    Never mind, I saw that the note on the facebook page and posted on the side of the other page said that the Cavalli is replacing the Handel, thanks!

  9. Nina

    Cavalli’s L’Egisto will be the third opera this season.


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