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.

Peter Oleskevich

Peter Oleskevich

Conductor for Don Giovanni

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 Opera Hamilton ...

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Peter Oleskevich
Conductor for Don Giovanni

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 Pecheurs de perles, Die Fledermaus, Eine Nacht in Venedig and Die Csardasstin. He has appeared as guest conductor with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Chebucto Symphony, Nova Sinfonia, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Scarborough Philharmonic, the Mississauga Symphony and the Ottawa Valley Festival. While in Austria, he conducted the Pro Arte Orchestra for radio broadcast, the Academy Orchestra and the NiederOesterreichische Tonkünstler Orchester in the Musikverein in Vienna. He has received numerous awards and bursaries that include a Canada Council grant for conducting and has taught conducting at the University of Toronto.

Currently Mr. Oleskevich lives in Port Williams in the Annapolis Valley. He is the Music Director of the Chebucto Symphony and was recently the Director of the Dalhousie Symphony for two years. He has taught conducting at Dalhousie for the past four years and conducted the Dalhousie Opera's production of Encounters. He is also an avid photographer.

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 Vicki St Pierre

Dr Vicki St Pierre

Conductor, L'Incoronazione di Poppea

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." ...

 

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Dr Vicki St Pierre
Conductor for L'Incoronazione di Poppea

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.

On the operatic stage, Vicki has appeared in Monteverdi's Orfeo, Charpentier's Actéon, and Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria with Opera Atelier, Dido and Aeneas with Ensemble Masques de Montreal and Toronto Masque Theatre, Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Toronto Philharmonia, and L'Incoronazione di Poppea with Opera Atelier, Cleveland Opera and Early Music Vancouver.

Recent and upcoming engagements include the role Nutrice in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea with the Academy of Ancient Music in London, UK, the role of the Sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with Les Violons du Roy at Carnegie Hall, Messiah with Orchestra London, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with 13 Strings and Splendors of the Emperor's Chapel with The Toronto Consort.

Vicki adjudicates music festivals and competitions, was Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of St. James in Toronto, taught voice at Wilfrid Laurier University, conducts an auditioned community choir, was the music director for the New Hamburg Live! festival of the arts, was a lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of Music, has been an assistant conductor with Opera Atelier, and most recently, was on faculty at COSI, a summer opera training program in Sulmona, Italy. She recently completed her doctoral studies in performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Dr. Darryl Edwards.

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.

Marie Bouchard

Marie Bouchard

Collaborative Harpsichordist for Poppea

Well established in the Baroque music world, Marie Bouchard leads an active performing career as a chamber and orchestral musician, accompanist and soloist ...

 

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Marie Bouchard
Collaborative Harpsichordist for Poppea

Well established in the Baroque music world, Marie Bouchard leads an active performing career as a chamber and orchestral musician, accompanist and soloist.

She collaborates with several ensembles, including the Ottawa Baroque Consort, Thirteen Strings, Seventeen Voyces, Symphony Nova Scotia, and various festivals. She also worked with the MSO, Les Violons du Roy, SMAM and Tafelmusik.

Marie recorded CDs with Les Boréades, Les Voix Baroques, Aradia, the Ottawa Bach Choir, Tempest and Thirteen Strings.

In addition to sharing her love of Baroque music with her audiences, Marie is very involved as an accompanist and pedagogue in harpsichord, organ, piano, chamber music and Kindermusik.

Marie holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from McGill University. She also completed training in Germany and France. She studied with John Grew, Hank Knox, Noëlle Spieth and Jean Boyer.

When she is not off camping in the woods, Marie enjoys participating in summer music festivals such as Music and Beyond, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and Boxwood.

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.

Erin Bardua

Erin Bardua

Stage Director for L'Incoronazione di Poppea

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.” ...

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Erin Bardua
Stage Director for L'Incoronazione di Poppea

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 Zauberflote), 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).

Erin is an accomplished concert soloist who has sung Handel's perennial favourite, Messiah, with numerous choirs and orchestras, including the Pax Christi Chorale, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Oshawa-Durham Orchestra and Chorus, the Arcady Baroque Ensemble, the Georgian Bay Concert Choir, the Menno Singers, and the St. James Cathedral Choir. Other oratorio engagements include Beethoven's Mass in C Major, Vaughan Williams' Hodie, Haydn's Creation, Handel's Esther and Judas Maccabaeus, Mozart's Requiem, Coronation Mass, and Vesperae solennes de confessore, Rutter's Requiem, M.A. Charpentier's Te Deum, Bach's Magnificat, St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio, Vivaldi's Gloria, Nulla in mundo pax sincera, and In furore justissimae irae, and Zelenka's Missa Omnium Sanctorum.

A lover of contemporary music, Erin frequently includes contemporary and cabaret works in her recital repertoire. She has also been featured with the Talisker Players Chamber Ensemble in programmes highlighting works by living and Canadian composers. As a young artist, she attended the Dramatic Integration program for Contemporary Opera and Song at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and created a leading role in the new opera Eyes on the Mountain while studying at the Victoria Conservatory of Music's Opera Studio. In Toronto, she participated in the workshop process of Andrew Ager's opera Frankenstein, singing the role of Elizabeth, the doctor's fiancée. Other modern stage roles in Erin's background include Cathleen in Vaughan Williams' Riders to the Sea with Opera Anonymous, and leading roles in Essential Opera's recent premieres of newly-composed Canadian works Regina by Elisha Denburg (Regina), Etiquette by Monica Pearce (Emily Post), and Heather: Cindy + Mindy = BFFs 4EVER by Christopher Thornborrow (Mindy).

In addition to performing, Ms. Bardua is a voice teacher and adjudicator. She has a Masters in Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Jean MacPhail. She is represented by Nancy Knowles at Knowles Artists Management.

Greg Myra

Greg Myra

Collaborative Pianist for A Midsummer Night's Dream

After graduating from Dalhousie with a Bachelor of Music in performance, Greg Myra worked in the department as a staff pianist primarily for the voice studios of Lucy Hayes-Davis and Marcia Swanston ...

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Greg Myra
Collaborative Pianist for A Midsummer Night's Dream

After graduating from Dalhousie with a Bachelor of Music in performance, Greg Myra worked in the department as a staff pianist primarily for the voice studio of Lucy Hayes-Davis. Mr. Myra has performed with Opera Nova Scotia (Massenet's Don Quichotte), and has been the music director for Die Zauberflöte and Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream with Halifax Summer Opera Workshop and the conductor for Massenet's Cendrillon. In England, Greg was the music director for Yorkshire Opera Workshop's production of Iolanthe. He has also served as a repetiteur and coach for the Contemporary Opera Lab at the University of Manitoba, where he earned a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano.
 

Lucy Hayes Davis

Lucy Hayes Davis

Vocal Coach for A Midsummer Night's Dream

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 ...

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Lucy Hayes Davis
Vocal Coach for A Midsummer Night's Dream

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. In addition to maintaining a large voice studio, she taught all of the diction courses and a voice class for students majoring in Music Education. In Nova Scotia Lucy has been teaching voice at Dalhousie as well as Lyric Diction, Voice Pedagogy and Voice Clinics for students in the acting program. Ms. Hayes Davis acts as music director for several programs offered through the Maritime Conservatory, The Elementary Company players, Junior Company Players and a weekly Opera Scenes class for adults. For the past two summers she acted as vocal coach for both the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop and Opera from Scratch.

Her operatic roles include Dorabella in Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte," the Witch from Humperdinck's "Hansel und Gretal," Zita from Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi," Marcellina from Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro," the Old Lady from Bernstein's "Candide," and the Mother from Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors." In spring 2013 she sang the role of Frederica in Verdi's Luisa Miller for Opera Nova Scotia. Lucy and her husband, Jason Davis have also been Musicians in Residence for the St. Cecilia Series' 2013/14 season.

Andrew Pickett

Andrew Pickett

Vocal Coach for L'Incoronazione di Poppea

Andrew received his Master of Music in Vocal Literature and Performance from the University of Western Ontario, and then proceeded to the Royal College of Music, London, England...

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Andrew Pickett
Vocal Coach for L'Incoronazione di Poppea

Andrew received his Master of Music in Vocal Literature and Performance from the University of Western Ontario, and then proceeded to the Royal College of Music, London, England where he obtained his graduate diploma, studying with Ashley Stafford. He has coached with such notable experts in the vocal Baroque as Dame Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Michael Chance and Daniel Taylor.

Andrew has performed major roles in operas by Monteverdi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Hasse, Handel, Purcell and Jonathan Dove, and been a soloist in works by Purcell, Charpentier, Handel, Orff, Britten, and Bach (Mass in B Minor and St John Passion) in the UK, Europe, and Canada. His performances in 2011 included Handel Judas Maccabeus, Bach St Matthew Passion, and Purcell The Fairy Queen, and he looks forward to his first Oberon next summer in Halifax in Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream. Although his primary training is in opera and oratorio, he is also a versatile ensemble and chamber music singer, performing internationally with the jazz/early music fusion quartet The 1607 Ensemble. He was a Britten-Pears Young Artist and Brighton Early Music Festival Young Artist.

Andrew now makes his home in Nova Scotia, where he has given recitals, masterclasses and workshops on intonation and Baroque style. He is a vocal coach for the Chapel Choir of the University of King's College, Halifax, served as the resident vocal consultant this summer at the New Brunswick Early Music Festival in St. Andrews, and has recently become the youngest board member of the Early Music Society of Nova Scotia.

Maureen Batt

Maureen Batt

Vocal Coach for L'Incoronazione di Poppea

Noted by Opera Canada as a "young, lovely and captivating soprano," and by the Halifax Herald as being "enthusiastically at home on stage" and having an "endlessly energetic and animated ...

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Maureen Batt
Vocal Coach for L'Incoronazione di Poppea

Noted by Opera Canada as a "young, lovely and captivating soprano," and by the Halifax Herald as being "enthusiastically at home on stage" and having an "endlessly energetic and animated interpretation," Maureen Batt is an accomplished concert and opera artist.

Maureen's opera credits include Belinda, Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), Silvia, L'isola disabitata (Haydn), Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), Rosa, Il campanello (Donizetti), Polly, The Threepenny Opera/Die Dreigroschenoper (Weill), Morgana, Alcina (Händel), Nina, Chérubin (Massenet), Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Eusebia, Die Freunde von Salamanka (Schubert), Jenny, La Dame Blanche (Boieldieu), Papagena, Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Zerlina, Don Giovanni (Mozart), Annina, La Traviata (Verdi), Despina, Così fan tutte (Mozart), Laetitia, The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti), Serpina, The Maid Mistress (Pergolesi), Limonia, Ten Belles Without a Ring (Von Suppe), Miss Silverpeal, The Impresario (Mozart).

As an actor, she has appeared in Theatre St. Thomas University's productions of Measure for Measure, Oh, What a Lovely War, and Caucasian Chalk Circle. She filmed a TV pilot for a series called Oznaberg, which premiered in the 2011 Silverwave Film Festival, and has since aired on Rogers Television.

Her selected concert and oratorio credits include Handel's Messiah and Esther, Mozart's Vesperae solennes de Confessore and Exsultate Jubilate, Bach's BWV 187 Es wartet alles auf dich, BWV 4 Christ lag in Todes Banden, and BWV 245 St. John Passion.

Maureen's formal training includes a Master of Music from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University. She is an alumna of the St. Andrews Opera by the Sea workshop, the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, and the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Italy, and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (CO-SI).

She is equally at home in opera, oratorio, cabaret, musical theatre, art song, and contemporary music. An avid supporter and promoter of new Canadian music, Maureen has both commissioned and premièred many works by emerging and established composers. She performed in a number of the Toy Piano Composers' seasons, including the Opera Scenesters production; performed in Toronto Operetta Theatre's TAPTOO! première; participated in a singer-composer collaborative workshop in Halifax called Opera from Scratch; performed in the 2013 Tapestry Songbook New Opera 101 program; and participated in the Contemporary Performance Studies program at the Vancouver International Song Institute, where she performed works by living Canadian composers, and worked with composers Jake Heggie and Jeffrey Ryan. She has created the roles of Helen (Aunt Helen, Pearce), Keri Ferrell (Hipster Grifter, Denburg), Lorelei Henderson (Stockholm Syndrome, Ryan), Bride (Cake, Pearce), Hannah (Hannah & Paige and the Zombie Pirates, Thornborrow), Dorothy Parker (Etiquette, Pearce), Anna (Regina, Denburg), and Cindy (Heather:Cindy + Mindy =BFFS 4EVER, Thornborrow).

Maureen is the co-artistic director of Essential Opera. Founded in 2010, Essential Opera is committed to presenting a wide variety of concert opera works, ranging from the Baroque to contemporary. Essential Opera has been invited to perform with organizations around Ontario including Open Ears Festival and New Hamburg Live. Essential Opera opened Season 5 with Gluck's Paride ed Elena (Amor) in September 2014 in Toronto, and in Kitchener and closed with Essential Zarzuela! including Vives' Bohemios (Cossette). The company has premièred a triple bill of new Canadian operas and will be remounting Etiquette by Monica Pearce and Regina by Elisha Denburg with Opera Lyra in October 2015. Essential Opera has also been invited by the Gilsig Series to remount Regina in Halifax in October 2015. For more information, please visit the Essential Opera Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Maureen has had the distinguished honour of being invited to perform as a guest soloist for Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan during their visit to Ottawa, marking 80 years of diplomatic ties between Canada and Japan. And, with the St. James Choir in Toronto, she sang for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg.

Among the list of conductors and directors Maureen has worked with are Andrew Ager, Derek Bate, Larry Beckwith, Michael Capon, Laura Caswell, Robert Cooper, Philippe Djokic, Gary Ewer, Richard Hornsby, Steven Jarvi, Walter Kemp, Kevin, Mallon, Peter Merrick, David Passmore, Leigh Rivenbark, Ilkay Silk, Guillermo Silva-Marin, and Vicki St. Pierre. As part of the BlackCreek Music Festival Chorus, Maureen had the honour of singing under the batons of Marvin Hamlisch, Eugene Kohn, and Lorin Maazel.

Jon Paul Décosse

Jon Paul Décosse

Vocal Coach for Don Giovanni

Jon-Paul made his Pacific Opera Victoria mainstage debut in 2006 as Marullo in Rigoletto. He is also an alumnus of POV's Young Artist program, having performed Belcore and Dulcamara  ...

 

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Maureen Batt
Vocal Coach for L'Incoronazione di Poppea

Noted by Opera Canada as a "young, lovely and captivating soprano," and by the Halifax Herald as being "enthusiastically at home on stage" and having an "endlessly energetic and animated interpretation," Maureen Batt is an accomplished concert and opera artist.

Maureen's opera credits include Belinda, Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), Silvia, L'isola disabitata (Haydn), Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), Rosa, Il campanello (Donizetti), Polly, The Threepenny Opera/Die Dreigroschenoper (Weill), Morgana, Alcina (Händel), Nina, Chérubin (Massenet), Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Eusebia, Die Freunde von Salamanka (Schubert), Jenny, La Dame Blanche (Boieldieu), Papagena, Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Zerlina, Don Giovanni (Mozart), Annina, La Traviata (Verdi), Despina, Così fan tutte (Mozart), Laetitia, The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti), Serpina, The Maid Mistress (Pergolesi), Limonia, Ten Belles Without a Ring (Von Suppe), Miss Silverpeal, The Impresario (Mozart).

As an actor, she has appeared in Theatre St. Thomas University's productions of Measure for Measure, Oh, What a Lovely War, and Caucasian Chalk Circle. She filmed a TV pilot for a series called Oznaberg, which premiered in the 2011 Silverwave Film Festival, and has since aired on Rogers Television.

Her selected concert and oratorio credits include Handel's Messiah and Esther, Mozart's Vesperae solennes de Confessore and Exsultate Jubilate, Bach's BWV 187 Es wartet alles auf dich, BWV 4 Christ lag in Todes Banden, and BWV 245 St. John Passion.

Maureen's formal training includes a Master of Music from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University. She is an alumna of the St. Andrews Opera by the Sea workshop, the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, and the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Italy, and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (CO-SI).

She is equally at home in opera, oratorio, cabaret, musical theatre, art song, and contemporary music. An avid supporter and promoter of new Canadian music, Maureen has both commissioned and premièred many works by emerging and established composers. She performed in a number of the Toy Piano Composers' seasons, including the Opera Scenesters production; performed in Toronto Operetta Theatre's TAPTOO! première; participated in a singer-composer collaborative workshop in Halifax called Opera from Scratch; performed in the 2013 Tapestry Songbook New Opera 101 program; and participated in the Contemporary Performance Studies program at the Vancouver International Song Institute, where she performed works by living Canadian composers, and worked with composers Jake Heggie and Jeffrey Ryan. She has created the roles of Helen (Aunt Helen, Pearce), Keri Ferrell (Hipster Grifter, Denburg), Lorelei Henderson (Stockholm Syndrome, Ryan), Bride (Cake, Pearce), Hannah (Hannah & Paige and the Zombie Pirates, Thornborrow), Dorothy Parker (Etiquette, Pearce), Anna (Regina, Denburg), and Cindy (Heather:Cindy + Mindy =BFFS 4EVER, Thornborrow).

Maureen is the co-artistic director of Essential Opera. Founded in 2010, Essential Opera is committed to presenting a wide variety of concert opera works, ranging from the Baroque to contemporary. Essential Opera has been invited to perform with organizations around Ontario including Open Ears Festival and New Hamburg Live. Essential Opera opened Season 5 with Gluck's Paride ed Elena (Amor) in September 2014 in Toronto, and in Kitchener and closed with Essential Zarzuela! including Vives' Bohemios (Cossette). The company has premièred a triple bill of new Canadian operas and will be remounting Etiquette by Monica Pearce and Regina by Elisha Denburg with Opera Lyra in October 2015. Essential Opera has also been invited by the Gilsig Series to remount Regina in Halifax in October 2015. For more information, please visit the Essential Opera Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Maureen has had the distinguished honour of being invited to perform as a guest soloist for Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan during their visit to Ottawa, marking 80 years of diplomatic ties between Canada and Japan. And, with the St. James Choir in Toronto, she sang for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg.

Among the list of conductors and directors Maureen has worked with are Andrew Ager, Derek Bate, Larry Beckwith, Michael Capon, Laura Caswell, Robert Cooper, Philippe Djokic, Gary Ewer, Richard Hornsby, Steven Jarvi, Walter Kemp, Kevin, Mallon, Peter Merrick, David Passmore, Leigh Rivenbark, Ilkay Silk, Guillermo Silva-Marin, and Vicki St. Pierre. As part of the BlackCreek Music Festival Chorus, Maureen had the honour of singing under the batons of Marvin Hamlisch, Eugene Kohn, and Lorin Maazel.

Michael Donovan

Michael Donovan

Masterclass

Associate Professor of Voice at Dalhousie University, Michael Donovan has enjoyed a successful career as a performer of opera, oratorio, art song, chamber music, jazz, new music, and improvisational music in Canada, Europe and the U.S. 

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Michael Donovan
Masterclass

Dr. Michael Donovan's experience as a musician encompasses a wide range of musical styles and forms of expression. As a boy, he studied piano and pursued extensive studies in classical and jazz saxophone at the Conservatoire du Québec. As a teenager, he composed original music for the avant-garde bands with which he performed. He then went on to pursue vocal studies at McGill University, followed by graduate studies in opera at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany, with legendary mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender. Donovan was also a student of renowned Baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who is acknowledged as the 20th century's greatest master of lieder. As Fischer-Dieskau's hand-picked private student at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Donovan was immersed in the historic continuum of Romantic art song interpretation.

Donovan has enjoyed a successful career as a performer of opera, oratorio, art song, chamber music, jazz, new music and improvisational music in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France and the U.S. He has appeared in leading roles with the Bern State Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, Munich State Opera, Opera Vancouver and the Edmonton Opera. He has been a soloist with the Quebec Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony and Symphony Nova-Scotia as well as with many concert and new music presenters, including Numus (Waterloo), Queen of Puddings (Toronto), BradyWorks (Montreal), Array Music (Toronto), New Music Concerts (Toronto), and the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne in Montreal.

Donovan is also in demand as an educator. He teaches at York University, Wilfrid Laurier, and at The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. He has given master classes at York University, Brandon University, the Glenn Gould School, Chadron State College (Nebraska) and Concordia University. He is also an active adjudicator and consultant for competitions, music schools and festivals.

As a composer, Donovan has written numerous settings of poems by living Canadian, German, French and Japanese poets. He has also written chamber music and film music.

Donovan's PhD dissertation is an inquiry into the deep-ecological significance of the poetic settings of Franz Schubert.

Samantha Carr

Samantha Carr

Journalism Intern

Hello! My name is Samantha Carr and I am originally from a small town in Massachusetts. I just completed the first year of my Bachelor of Arts degree concentrating in English and History at the University of Ottawa in Ontario.

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Samantha Carr
Intern Journalist

Hello! My name is Samantha Carr and I am originally from a small town in Massachusetts. I just completed the first year of my Bachelor of Arts degree concentrating in English and History at the University of Ottawa in Ontario. I am a wanderer, a creator and a dreamer. I love sharing experiences with others, whether that be through an in person interaction or through the medium of writing. For me, writing can convey a multitude of purposes and messages.  Writing can capture entire worlds and periods of time to be preserved, discussed and shared through different people, regions, and cultures. Writing can express words withheld from being spoken, record the landmark speeches of history, or spread messages of positive change. Writing shares a piece of one's soul by filling a page with emotions and tangible descriptions. Writing is our best current time machine, our tool to empathize with and appreciate others who have experiences different than our own. I am honored to be the Halifax Summer Opera Festival's Summer Journalist Intern, chronicling the wonderful performances being undertaken this year and their individual journeys of evolution over this festival season. Thank you for giving me a space to take my scrawling pen and share my words with a wider audience, and at the same time convey a message larger than myself. I am here to celebrate the arts, and draw attention to the wonderful creative talents and their continued energies and efforts put forth to make all of this possible. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this endeavor and to spread these stories of dedication and passion to the opera art form. I look forward to documenting the process both on and off the stage! 

Bodhi Anders

Bodhi Anders

PR and Social Media Manager

Born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Bodhi now lives in Halifax where he can be found working on graphic design, professional writing, and music production. Currently employed as PR/Social media coordinator with Halifax Opera.

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