2018 Festival

The 14th Annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival will run from July 14 to August 12, 2018. We will rehearse and perform three main stage shows in 2018. Each fully-staged and -costumed show will be presented with conductor and accompanied by piano, harpsichord or small instrumental ensemble. Repertoire and staff members subject to change.

How to apply

L’Incoronazione di Poppea (1643) by Claudio Monteverdi
in Italian

conductor: Vicki St. Pierre
stage director: Erin Bardua
collaborative harpsichordist:
stage manager:
costume designer:
vocal and diction coaches: Maureen Batt, Andrew Pickett

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

L'Incoronazione di Poppea  
PoppeaThera Barclay
NeroneSean Jordan (USA)Ilanna Starr
OttaviaSarah Sharpe (NS)Sarah Labine
OttoneMason Boudrye (USA)
DrusillaTara Venkatesan
AmoreTaryn WichenckoRachel Ross
Valetto/VenereMadeline DuffyKira Vandermeulen
Damigella/La FortunaEmily SteersAbigail Sinclair (NS)
ArnaltaSarah Klapman (ON)
Nutrice/La VirtueCorinne DeJongJulia Natoli
SenecaDrew ComerJordan Delage (QC)
Soldato I/LucanoEli Aronson
Soldato II/Liberto

Midsummer Night’s Dream (1960) by Benjamin Britten
in English

conductor: Nicholas Gilmore
stage director: David Mosey
collaborative pianist: Greg Myra
stage manager:
assistant stage director: Taylor Poirier
assistant stage director:
vocal and diction coach: Lucy Hayes Davis

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

OberonLogan Tanner (USA)
TytaniaSarah Dufresne Morgan Reid
LysanderPatrick Simms (NS)
HermiaTeresa Clark (USA)Christina Yun (ON)
DemetriusMarKo Hubert (QC)
HelenaJulia GateMonike Porter
QuinceGabriel Shapiro
FluteLucas Kuipers (ON)Joseph Adams (AB)
SnugDavid Piper (NS)
SnoutEli Aronson
StarvelingIan Green (NS)
TheseusGabriel Shapiro
HippolytaMegan Hayward (NS)Julia Natoli
CobwebEmma MacKechernMeggie MacKay
PeaseblossomOliva McGowan (NS)Meagan Adams (NS)
MustardseedChanel Rolle (USA)Patricia Weber
MothGabrielle de Grandmont (QC)Audrée-Eve Turcotte (QC)

Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart
in Italian

conductor: Peter Oleskevich
stage directors: Nina Scott-Stoddart and Jason Davis
collaborative pianist: Giancarlo Scalia
stage manager:
costume designer:
vocal and diction coach: Jon Paul Decosse

Performances at Sir James Dunn Theatre at Fountain School for the Arts with fortepiano and small string ensemble

Don Giovanni by Mozart  
Don GiovanniAriel Lefebvre (QC)Dylan Evans (USA)
Don OttavioJeffrey Smith (ON)
CommendatoreDavid Piper (NS)
LeporelloManuel Provençal (QC)Flavio Lauria (Brazil)
MasettoDrew Comer (USA)
Donna AnnaMarianne Chapdelaine (QC)Heather McConnell (USA)
Donna ElviraMichelle Riley (NS)Skylar Cameron (NS)
ZerlinaEmily Rocha (ON)Shanice Skinner (NS)


  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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