The 2018 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 English opera, HSOF has something for everyone!


MAINSTAGE OPERAS

DON GIOVANNI  – by W.A. Mozart – Projected English translations. August 4, 5, 9 and 11 at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre

L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA – by Claudio Monteverdi- Sung in Italian, fully-staged and costumed and accompanied by harpsichord and cello continuo and violins. August 3, 5, 8 and 11 at the David Mack Murray Studio Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – by Benjamin Britten – Sung in English, fully-staged and costumed and accompanied by piano, harp and percussion.   August 4, 7, 10 and 12 at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre

EXTRA CONCERTS

A Musical Evening with William Blake — Thursday July 19, 6:30 pm at the Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library. Words by the American poet, W.H. Auden, with some set to music by Benjamin Britten Director David Mosey, Music Director Tara Scott and participants from the 14th Annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival.

Director: David Mosey
Pianist: Tara Scott
FREE 

Opera Backwards: a very queer show — Wednesday July 25, 7:30 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.

Wednesday July 18 – Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and early Baroque opera
An overview of the beginnings of Italian opera in the 17th century, including the works of Monteverdi, with musical examples by singers from the Halifax Summer Opera Festival.
Thursday July 19 – W.A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni and misogyny in opera
Misogyny in opera has a long and storied history. We look at one of our MainStage operas, with musical examples by singers from the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Lecturer Nina Scott-Stoddart, Artistic Director of HSOF and stage director for Carmen
Friday July 20 – Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and English opera in the 20th century.
Britten’s operas ushered in a golden age of opera in English. A lecture recital with musical examples by singers from the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Lecturer Nicholas Gilmore, conductor for A Midsummer Night’s Dream


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.

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TICKETS

Tickets are now available from May 15 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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