The 2017 Halifax Summer Opera Festival will run from July 15 to August 13, 2017.  Our shows will be Handel’s Ariodante, Britten’s Albert Herring  and EITHER Puccini’s La boheme OR Bizet’s Carmen. 


The Halifax Summer Opera Festival is open to all performers, regardless of nationality or age.

We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role we seek qualified performers, without regard to disability, race, age, color, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, within the confines of voice types (and sometimes not even then!)

Follow along for information about the application process, or go right to the application form.


When you’ve successfully completed the application form, you will be able to schedule auditions yourself for Sackville, Toronto, London and Edmonton immediately. For the other cities, Chris Pelrine will contact you with information about the specific audition schedules for your chosen venue and date.

SACKVILLE, NB – Tuesday November 1, Mount Allison, Room 100, 4 to 6 pm
TORONTO, ON — Thursday and Friday  November 10 and 11, University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 5 to 9 pm each day
 — Saturday November 12, Western University, Faculty of Music, Room MB254 from 1 to 8 pm
EDMONTON, AB — Monday November 14, University of Alberta, Fine Arts Building, Chamber Music Room, 4 to 7 pm
LETHBRIDGE, AB — Thursday November 17, University of Lethbridge, time TBA
MONTREAL, QC –Saturday November 19, McGill, Wirth Opera Studio, time TBA

You must arrange for your own accompanist. Please bring your headshot and bio/resume. There will be a form to fill out at the door, so be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early. Unfortunately we don’t have places for you to warm up at the audition venues.

HSOF is open to everyone, no matter your citizenship, age or location. Nina reviews every distance application herself, and she casts many, many roles from distance applications, so rest assured that it’s worthwhile applying this way.

While we will accept distance applications until all roles are filled, to be considered with the first round please have your materials to us no later than November 26.

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For the audition, however you do it, we’ll ask you to prepare three selections, as follows:

1. One should be an aria for the character for which you wish to be considered, if that character has an aria. Or you can sing an excerpt from the role. This should be in the original language. Or pick an appropriate (language/style/voice type) substitute.

2. An aria, musical theatre number or art song in English, if #1 isn’t in English. If your #1 pick is already in English you can choose anything else that shows you off.

3 . Any other song or that really shows off your personality and voice. Personality and acting ability are very important to us, much more so than you might be used to. Nina casts lots of people on this basis.

If you don’t have any opera repertoire whatsoever, and are just getting started in this genre, we’re happy to listen to whatever you can bring. Musical theatre is just fine by us, as are art songs, if you’ve got nothing operatic. If the opera you want to be cast in is in a foreign language, do try to bring us something in that language. Most importantly, we want to see you and what you bring to your pieces.

Ready to Apply?

If you have questions:

Check out our FAQ
Email Chris or Nina at
Phone Nina at 902-521-8577

Or apply today!

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