Faculty & Staff

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Erin Bardua

Director, L’Incoronazione di Poppea 2018

Soprano Erin Bardua has been praised for her “brilliant-toned voice, agile and strong, yet warm and relaxed” with “delightful coloratura and confident command of the stage.”

Erin made her professional operatic debut as Anna in Pacific Opera Victoria’s production of Verdi’s Nabucco. Since then, Erin’s operatic roles have included Nannetta (Verdi’s Falstaff), Antonia and Giulietta (Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann), numerous Mozart including Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) and  Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Alcina (Handel), Constanza (Haydn’s L’isola disabitata) and Elena (Gluck’s Paride ed Elena).…

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Jason Davis

Stage Director Don Giovanni 2018

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

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.…

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Jon-Paul Décosse

Masterclass

Jon-Paul Décosse, “a powerful, full-throated bass-baritone” (Opera Canada), has been heralded for both his vocal and dramatic presentations in a variety of operatic and concert repertoire. Born in Ontario, he is an alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premiere training program for young opera professionals. During his final season as an Ensemble member, Mr.…

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Nicholas Gilmore

Conductor A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2018

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.…

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Lucy Hayes-Davis

Vocal coach, Ariodante 2017

Lucy Hayes-Davis – Senior Voice

Mezzo-soprano Lucy Hayes Davis is pleased to once again call Halifax home. Lucy returned to Nova Scotia in 2007 after pursuing intensive voice studies with Dr. Scott McCoy and Marvin Keenze at Westminster Choir College, where she completed a Masters degree. Lucy went on to further operatic studies at the Hartt School joining the voice faculty there in 2001.…

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Lorna MacDonald

Vocal Masterclass

Born in Port Morien, Nova Scotia, soprano Lorna MacDonald enjoys a career of distinction as an international performer, Professor of Voice, and she is the Lois Marshall Chair in Voice Studies at the University of Toronto. Her early years in the Cape Breton mining and fishing village provided her with an insatiable love for singing and performance, and a deep respect for teaching.…

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Dr David Mosey

Stage director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2018

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).…

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Peter Oleskevich

Conductor Don Giovanni 2018

After graduating from the University of Toronto and the prestigious Orchestral Conducting program at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Mr. Oleskevich returned to Canada and began a 25 year association with Opera Hamilton as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master. He conducted numerous productions including Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème, L’elisir d’amore, Les Pêcheurs de perles, Die Fledermaus, Eine Nacht in Venedig and Die Csárdásfürstin.…

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Chris Pelrine

Administrator and Box Office Manager

Chris returned to Halifax after graduating Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University with a degree in Dance Management. Chris is now full time faculty and Assistant Director of Dartmouth Dance Academy. He has worked previously for Oklahoma City University as Costume Shop Foreman, The Atlantic Film Festival as Travel & Housing Coordinator and DHX Media as Business Affairs Assistant.…

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Giancarlo Scalia

Collaborative Pianist, Don Giovanni 2018

Born in Montreal, Giancarlo Scalia is very active as a pianist, vocal coach and composer. 
He has served as musical director or répétiteur for various companies including 
Opéra immédiat (Chauve-Souris, Carmen, Aïda, Elisir d’amore), Opéra bouffe du Québec
(Les Brigands, Véronique), Light Opera of Montreal (The Tender Land) and Opéra Outside the Box (The Telephone) as well as for the Halifax Summer Opera Festival (Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi), the Festival Classica and the operetta workshop of the École de musique Vincent d’Indy.…

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Nina Scott-Stoddart

Stage director Don Giovanni 2018

Nina moved to Lunenburg, NS from Toronto in 2002. Nina is the co-founder of Toronto’s Opera Anonymous, which produced over 20 well-reviewed works in its eight year history. Since relocating to Nova Scotia, Nina has founded Maritime Concert Opera, which has just completed a very successful tenth season.

As a professional mezzo soprano, Nina has sung with many orchestras and opera companies, including Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, Opera Maine, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera in Concert, the Kingston Symphony, the International Chamber Music Festival in New Zealand, Opera Nova Scotia, and the NS Gilbert and Sullivan Society.…

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Dr. Vicki St Pierre

Conductor, L’Incoronazione di Poppea 2018

Vicki St. Pierre’s warm, lush voice “invitingly combines clarity of expression and beauty of tone,” and is described as “rich with both a darkness and brightness.”

Past concert highlights include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with the Toronto Consort, Zelenka’s St. Cecilia Mass with Tafelmusik, Stanford’s Requiem with the Orpheus Choir, Bach’s Magnificat with the Toronto Bach Consort, and Handel’s Messiah with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Edmonton Symphony, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Victoria Symphony, Handel’s Dixit Dominus with Tafelmusik, and the music of Jommelli with Les Idées Heureuses of Montreal.…

 

2016 Masterclasses

Jon-Paul Décosse on Auditioning
Maureen Batt
Dr Vicki St Pierre

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