The 2019 Halifax Summer Opera Festival Season

Join our talented young performers for 15 performances over four weeks, plus masterclasses and other special events open to the public.

From Baroque opera to Mozart’s genius, from Broadway musical to Operas by women composers, HSOF has something for everyone!


MAINSTAGE OPERAS

THE MAGIC FLUTE  – by W.A. Mozart -Sung in German, dialogue in English. Projected English translations. Fully staged and costumed and accompanied by piano, flute and cello. August 2, 3, 8  and 10 at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre

TALES OF HOFFMANN – by Jacques Offenbach Sung in Italian with projected English translations. Fully-staged and costumed and accompanied by piano.  August 3, 4, 7 and 10 at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre

ALCINA – by G.F. Handel – Sung in Italian with projected English translations, fully-staged and costumed and accompanied by keyboard, cello and violin.  August 4, 6, 9 and 11 at the Lillian Piercey Concert Hall, Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.

EXTRA CONCERTS

Broadway Our Way – Saturday July 20, 7:30 pm venue TBA

Women Composers of Opera — Wednesday July 24, 7:00 pm at the Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library. A lecture recital by Dr Jane Gordon, Nicholas Gilmore and participants from the 15th Annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival.
FREE 

Opera Backwards: a very queer show — Friday July 26, 8:00 pm at The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street Tickets $20 each available through TicketHalifax.com. Thank you to Halifax Pride for their generous support of this show!

LECTURE SERIES

Join us for a three part, free noon hour lecture recital series at the Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library on July 28, 29 and 30. All lectures run from noon to 12:45 pm. FREE admission.

–Lecture Recital, July 17, 12- 1 p.m.
–Lecture Recital, July 18, 12-1 p.m.
–Lecture Recital, July 19, 12-1 p.m.

Wednesday July 17 – Handel’s Alcina and Italian opera of the mid-Baroque era

Alcina was one of Handel’s greatest hits in London. We look at one of our MainStage operas, with musical examples by singers from the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Lecturer Erin Bardua, stage director of Alcina

Thursday July 18 – W.A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute and German singspiel

Mozart’s 1791 work Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) was a singspiel; part singing, part dialogue. A lecture recital with musical examples by singers from the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Lecturer Jason Davis, director for The Magic Flute.

Friday July 19 – Jacques Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann and French romantic opera

One of the most idiosyncratic French opera, Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann is a wild and wonderful work! A lecture recital with musical examples by singers from the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Lecturer Nina Scott-Stoddart, director for Hoffmann.
 

 

MASTERCLASSES

Watch four experienced performers work with six young singers over the course of two hours. All our masterclasses are open to the public. Tickets are $10 each for auditors. All masterclasses take place in Room 121 in the basement of the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

TBA

TICKETS

Tickets are now available from May 1 though our ticketing partner TICKET HALIFAX and The Coast

Order by phone (credit card only) or get box office help at: (902)-422-6278 ex. 500

Tickets available in person (cash, debit) at:
The Coast
2309 Maynard Street
Halifax, NS
B3K 3T8

and at the venue an hour before each performance by cash, credit card (Visa or MasterCard) and cheque.

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