APPLYING FOR HSOF 2021

The 2021 Halifax Summer Opera Festival will run from July 24 to August 15, 2021.  We will produce only one show, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, with dialogue and libretto in English.

What is HSOF?

The fee for the 2021 workshop will be $1975 Canadian per person. The fee includes all artistic costs, including coachings, acting classes, rehearsals and masterclasses.

WHO CAN APPLY?

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 race, age, color, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, within the confines of voice types (and sometimes not even then!) We encourage trans singers to apply.

In 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and because we don’t know what specific travel and quarantine requirements will be in place in July, we’re adding some limitation to applicants.

Because of closed borders, we are only open to people who will be coming to Halifax directly from Canada. It’s important that you’re able to commit to whatever quarantine requirements may be in place for Nova Scotia in July. We hope that there won’t be any, but  we ask that if you’re coming from outside NS or the Atlantic bubble (if that’s in place again), that you be willing to quarantine before the program starts. 

At the moment Nova Scotia is one of the safest and calmest places to be during the pandemic, and we will do whatever is necessary to observe required social distancing and hygiene regulations, as well as using our common sense. 

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Fill in the application form and pay $20 application fee via PayPal. APPLICATION FORM

2. All audition materials this year will be submitted digitally. After you’ve submitted your application form, you’ll receive a confirmation email with information about sending us your materials.

Prepare recordings of pieces as specified below. You’ll be able to upload audio or video files or submit links to them.
You’ll also need to submit a covering letter and a digital headshot and upload a bio and resume.

If Nina hasn’t worked with you before, a letter of recommendation is also highly appreciated!

While we will accept distance applications until all roles are filled, in order to be considered in the first wave of auditions, we ask that you submit your materials by February 15, 2021.

WHAT TO SEND US

Recordings (video preferred, but audio accepted) of three selections.

  1. An aria, musical theatre number or art song in English. If you’ve got an aria from the show, that’s fabulous!

2. and 3. Any other song or aria 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 present. 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. We have roles available for performers of varied strengths and experience.

Ready? Apply today! APPLICATION FORM

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