Nina Scott Stoddart

Nina Scott Stoddart

Artistic Director and Stage Director for Don Giovanni

Nina Scott-Stoddart is an educator, stage director, singer and passionate advocate of opera's relevance to all Canadians. Originally from Calgary, and then Toronto,  ...

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Nina Scott-Stoddart
Artistic Director and Stage Director for Don Giovanni

Nina Scott-Stoddart is an educator, stage director, singer and passionate advocate of opera's relevance to all Canadians. Originally from Calgary, and then Toronto, Nina moved to Lunenburg, NS in 2002, where she founded Maritime Concert Opera (which is in the middle of its 15th season) and the Halifax Summer Opera Festival (which is preparing for its 14th season).  Before moving to Nova Scotia in 2002, Nina oversaw 8 seasons of 20th century opera in Toronto through her company Opera Anonymous.

As a singer, Nina Scott-Stoddart has been praised by critics and audiences for the warmth and expressiveness of her voice, and for the passion she brings to everything she sings, oratorio and sacred music as well as opera and recital works. 

She has sung as a featured soloist in Canada and the United States, with organizations including Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Kingston Symphony Orchestra, Opera Nova Scotia, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Opera Maine, Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik, OperaLenawee (Michigan), Aradia Baroque Ensemble,  Mississauga Choral Society, Arbor Oak Trio, Dance Oremus Danse and Opera York.

Nina has had an interest in contemporary music since her undergraduate degree at York University, where there was a lively community of student composers allied with performers. As a singer she draws some of her favourite performed roles from the works of Poulenc (The Old Prioress from Les dialogues des carmelites), Menotti (The Secretary from The Consul and Madame Flora in The Medium), Stravinsky (Baba the Turk from The Rake’s Progress) and Britten (Lucretia from The Rape of Lucretia and Phaedra from Phaedra). She has a special interest in Canadian music, having sung Sister Bridgeman in Timothy Sullivan’s opera Florence, the Lady with the Lamp with Opera in Concert, The Pope and Emma Darwin in the workshop premiere of Quentin Doolittle’s opera The Leviathan Hook (with libretto by Rex Deverell), Levercham in Healy Willan’s Deirdre as well as song cycles I never saw another butterfly by Srul Irving Glick and The Confession Stone by Robert Fleming, as well as the world premiere of Dr Derek Holman’s Requiem, which was broadcast coast to coast on CBC Radio. 

Nina recently spearheaded the commissioning of a new opera by Elizabeth Raum and Rex Deverell, Time of Trouble. Nina brought the composer and librettist together with her opera company, Maritime Concert Opera, to commission the work from the Ontario Arts Council. She was also honoured to create the role of Mother Elizabeth in the inaugural performance of Time of Trouble in October 2015.

Nina directed opera for a number of groups in Toronto, and since moving to NS worked as Artistic Producer for ONS’s Opera Valentine for five years and as stage director for Halifax Summer Opera Festival’s productions of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni, Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Rodelinda, Menotti’s The Consul, Floyd’s Susannah, Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann and Orpheus in the Underworld, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Nina was the guest stage director for the Dalhousie University Opera Workshop for four years: for Dal she directed Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, The Telephone, Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Mollicone’s Face on the Barroom Floor.  In 2011 she directed RENT for DGM Music Inc. in Halifax, Amahl and the Night Visitors for Maritime Concert Opera and  You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown for Acadia University’s Singing Theatre program. She directed The Sound of Music for Broadway Atlantic in Halifax in 2016.

Patricia Vinluan

Patricia Vinluan

Festival Manager

Patricia is thrilled to be the newly inducted Festival Manager for the Halifax Summer Opera Festival.  Patricia stage managed last season's production of Britten's Albert Herring for HSOF ...

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Patricia Vinluan
Festival Manager

Patricia is thrilled to be the newly inducted Festival Manager for the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Halifax based, Patricia stage managed last season's production of Britten's Albert Herring for HSOF.

She is a Halifax-based stage manager, a budding arts administrator, and a very occasional set designer. She is currently an apprentice stage manager at the Neptune Theatre, and has had the pleasure of working alongside a number of incredibly talented local artists for the past two years. Patricia was raised on the rainy west coast but is a graduate of the technical theatre program at Dalhousie University.

Nicholas Gilmore

Nicholas Gilmore

Conductor for A Midsummer Night's Dream

Nicholas Gilmore is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of Heartland Opera Theatre in Joplin, Missouri, the Principal Conductor and Music Director of Loveland Opera Theatre in Loveland, Colorado ...

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Nicholas Gilmore
Conductor for A Midsummer Night's Dream

Nicholas Gilmore is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of Heartland Opera Theatre in Joplin, Missouri, the Principal Conductor and Music Director of Loveland Opera Theatre in Loveland, Colorado, Rehearsal Conductor of the Aurora Symphony in the Denver Metro-Area, and the Assistant Conductor of the University of Northern Colorado Symphony Orchestra where he is pursuing his doctorate in Orchestral Conducting and Opera Studies under Dr. Russell Guyver. Gilmore spent 2014 spring semester as Director of Orchestras at the UNC in a sabbatical replacement for Dr. Guyver.

Gilmore has served on the faculty at Missouri Southern State University and Crowder College, teaching private horn, voice, vocal diction and literature, and introductory music history courses, in addition to conducting and coaching large and small ensembles. He has guest conducted symphonic, opera, musical theatre, and ballet performances in Missouri, Colorado, Kansas, and Canada. Gilmore is a frequent adjudicator for music festivals in the midwest and was invited to speak at the Missouri Music Educators's State Conference on fundraising and program building in 2012. In 2010 Gilmore received a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award for "Excellence in Music Direction and Conducting" for his work on George Gershwin's Lady be Good!. He holds a BM in Horn Performance and an MM in Instrumental Conducting from Wichita State University, where he was named the Dora Wallace Hodgson Outstanding Masters Student in 2009.

 

Dr David Mosey

Dr David Mosey

Stage Director for A Midsummer Night's Dream

David Mosey has many years' experience as both an actor and director in the UK and North America. He was at the Bristol Old Vic for a season ...

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Dr David Mosey
Stage Director for A Midsummer Night's Dream

David Mosey has many years' experience as both an actor and director in the UK and North America. He was at the Bristol Old Vic for a season where he played Prince Hal in Henry IV pt 1 and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. His directing credits include modern dress productions of Macbeth and King Lear at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, One Way Pendulum at the Alnwick Theatre Festival, The Duchess of Malfi (Atkinson College) and Rosencranz and Guildernstern are Dead (Newcastle University). His opera directing credits include Riders to the Sea with Opera Anonymous in Toronto, as well as directing Barab's Mushroom Pizza, and co-directing Iolanthe with the Yorkshire Opera Workshop in England.

His work with HSOF has included Assistant Director and English dialogue author for Zauberflotte, co-director of Midsummer Night's Dream, co-director and English dialogue author for Orpheus in the Underworld and director of Suor Angelica and Gianni Sccicci. As a stage director of opera, David firmly believes that the work should be presented in a context that is most immediately accessible to the audience and that his job is to help the performers achieve this.

Giancarlo Scalia

Giancarlo Scalia

Collaborative Pianist for Don Giovanni

 Born in Montreal, Giancarlo Scalia is very active as a pianist, vocal coach and composer. He has performed as a collaborative pianist throughout Canada, Italy, Austria, Germany, France and China ...

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Giancarlo Scalia
Collaborative Pianist for Don Giovanni

Born in Montreal, Giancarlo Scalia is very active as a pianist, vocal coach and composer. He has performed as a collaborative pianist throughout Canada, Italy, Austria, Germany, France and China and his compositions have been presented throughout North America and Europe.

  Mr. Scalia has served as musical director or répétiteur for various companies such as Opéra immédiat (Chauve-Souris, Carmen, Aïda, Elisir d’amore, I Capuleti e i Montecchi), l’Opéra bouffe du Québec (Les Brigands, Véronique, Le Baron Tzigane) and the Halifax Summer Opera Festival (Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Carmen) as well as for Snowglobe Theatre (The Medium, Riders to the Sea), Light Opera of Montreal (The Tender Land), Lakeshore Light Opera (The Mikado), Opéra Outside the Box (Le Téléphone) and the Festival Classica. He has also collaborated with l’Opéra de Montréal and it’s Atelier lyrique, Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, Opera Atelier in Toronto, Gesellschaft für Musiktheater in Vienna, l’Istituto Italiano di Cultura de Montreal and the Société d’art vocal de Montréal. As a coach, he has worked with numerous young singers at Concordia University, the Université de Montréal, McGill University and the École de musique Vincent d’Indy (voice department and operetta workshop).

  As a performer, his diverse repertoire ranges from full operas to the major art song cycles of Schumann, Schubert, Vaughan-Williams, Debussy and Poulenc. In October 2017, he performed 8 concerts in China with baritone Hugo Laporte, mezzo soprano Marie-Andrée Mathieu and soprano Jessica Latouche. In 2016, he recorded and released the album Arie e canzoni with soprano Sophie De Cruz. The CD is available worldwide and features arias by Puccini, Donizetti and Verdi; art songs by Donaudy, Gastaldon and Tosti as well as his composition Ideale.

  As a composer, Giancarlo Scalia’s catalogue includes works for a variety of instrumentations (solo instruments, voice, chamber groups, ensembles, mixed music) and his compositional style incorporates both traditional and contemporary elements; a combination of modal, tonal and atonal music. He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and has composed for soloists and ensembles such as l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, l'Ensemble Paramirabo, l’Ensemble Saxologie, cellist Julie Hereish, percussionist David Therrien-Brongo, the Orchestre d'Harmonie Leonardo da Vinci, the Grand Ensemble de Cuivres de l'Université de Montréal and the École de musique Vincent d'Indy string orchestra.

  Mr. Scalia’s work in film music began when he was commissioned in 2006 by the Laurier Macdonald Media Foundation to compose the music for the award-winning documentary Ripples in Time. His 2008 collaboration with the Spanish director Raimundo Morte was premiered at the Liber Barcelone festival in Spain.

  Giancarlo Scalia obtained a Bachelor’s degree and a DESS in piano performance under the direction of Jimmy Brière and Marc Durand and a Master’s in composition under the direction of Denis Gougeon from the Université de Montréal before continuing his studies privately with pianists Walter Moore and Norman Shetler in Vienna and Claude Webster in Montréal. He has also participated in vocal accompaniment programs at the Orford Arts Centre, the Académie Francis Poulenc (Tours, France) the Wiener Musikseminar (Vienna, Austria), Vox Musicae (Senigallia, Italy) and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (La bohème).

Jason Davis

Jason Davis

Stage Director for Don Giovanni

Tenor, BMus, Dalhousie University, Artist’s Diploma in Opera performance, Hartt School of Music, Artistic Director of the Conservatory Summer Music Theatre Programs, Voice Faculty, Acadia University, Stage Director

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Jason Davis
Director for Don Giovanni

One of Canada’s brightest prospective tenor stars, Jason has won numerous scholarships and competitions including the Hartt Talent Trust and Berkowitz scholarships as well as the Amici and New Hampshire vocal competitions having studied with renowned teachers Marlena Malas, Arthur Levy and Steven Crawford. Jason is very comfortable teaching all genres of music and voice to students of all ages and levels of experience. He is proficient and passionate about helping students prepare for exams, festivals, auditions and performances and a number of his students have gone on to pursue studies in music at top universities throughout North America such as The Glenn Gould School and The Berklee School of Music. When he is not teaching Jason is highly in demand as a performer of recital, concert and operatic repertoire most recently singing the lead role of Rodolfo in Opera Nova Scotia’s production of Luisa Miller and the lead role of Canio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. He was also recently freatured as a Co-Artist in residence for the 2013/14 Cecilia Concert series and was a featured vocal soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia for their 2014 Port of Wines festival.

Sean K. Burke

Sean K. Burke

Lighting Designer for Don Giovanni and Dream

Sean is pleased to be back for a fourth season designing for Halifax Summer Opera Festival. When not with the festival he works as a freelance Designer and as a stage technician.

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Sean K. Burke
Lighting Designer for Don Giovanni and A Midsummer Night's Dream

Sean is pleased to be back for a fourth season designing for Halifax Summer Opera Festival. When not with the festival he works as a freelance Designer and as a stage technician. He is a member of Associated Designers of Canada.and IATSE 680. Sean is the 2018 Robert Merritt Award winner for Outstanding Technician.

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