Faculty & Staff

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Fleurette Benoit

Festival Manager

Fleurette Benoit is a native Haligonian with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Technical Theatre from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University and currently working on a Diploma in Business Management from NSCC. Fleurette worked on a variety of shows since graduation including To Kill a Mockingbird, Frozen, Sound of Music, Evita, Oliver!…

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Jon-Paul Décosse


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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Dr. Jennifer Farrell

Vocal Coach, L’Egisto 2017

Soprano Jennifer Farrell performs regularly in the fields of early music, opera, oratorio and art song. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Bachelor of Music program, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts programs at the University of British Columbia, she has appeared from coast to coast with Canadian ensembles such as the Vancouver Symphony and Pacific Baroque Orchestra, to Symphony Nova Scotia and Opera Nova Scotia.…

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Nicholas Gilmore

Conductor Albert Herring 2017

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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Eszter Horvath

Conductor, L’Egisto 2017

Eszter Horvath holds a BMus from Dalhousie University, and is equally versed in orchestral and choral conducting. She has a special interest in Renaissance and Baroque music, and is the past president of the Early Music Society of Nova Scotia (EMSNS). Eszter was the interim music director at the Cathedral Church of All Saints in 2015–15, and at St.…

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Brenda Joyce

Harpsichordist for Cavalli’s L’Egisto 2017

A native of London, Ontario, Brenda Joyce started piano lessons in the Suzuki Method at the age of six. She obtained a Bachelor of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Toronto and her Master’s in Collaborative Piano Performance from Western University in London, Ontario, where she became a high-demand accompanist and coach for several studios at Western University.…

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Danbee Ko

Collaborative Pianist, Albert Herring 2017

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Danbee Ko began her study of piano at the age of six and moved to Canada with her family at the age of thirteen. While completing her undergraduate music degree under the instruction of Dr. Deanna Oye at the University of Lethbridge, she championed a variety of piano playing roles, such as Choir pianist, Opera workshop pianist, as well as Musical keyboardist.…

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Carmen C. Kruse

Stage director, L’Egisto 2017

Carmen C Kruse is an Austrian-German stage director who began her career at Opera Australia in 2010. During her studies of Opera and Innovation at Macromedia University in Munich, she held positions at Florida Grand Opera and San Diego Opera. In 2014, she witnessed SDOpera’s crisis and saving first-hand, which highly influenced her decision to pursue a career in opera directing and to focus on creating opera and new works with an impact.…

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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, Albert Herring 2017

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 Carmen 2017

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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Andrew Pelrine

Co-director and choreographer, Carmen 2017

Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Andrew graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts in Combined Honours in Music and Theatre(2010). Andrew could not be happier to join HSOW for his 7th year. HSOW: Stage director and choreographer for A Little Night Music (2013); Stage director for Thyrsis and Amaranth and Choreographer for Carmen and Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012); Frantz, Nathanael, Pittichinaccio, and Choreographer in The Tales of Hoffmann(2011); Elder Gleaton and Choreographer in Susanna(2010);Magician and Choreographer in The Consul(2008);and Monostatos in The Magic Flute(2007).…

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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, Carmen 2017

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.…

Tara Scott

Co-Founder and Music Director for A Musical Evening with William Blake 2017

Tara Scott, originally from Grand-Bay Westfield, NB, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Mount Allison University and a Master’s Degree in collaborative piano from the University of Western Ontario. Tara has performed extensively with singers and instrumentalists in Europe and across Canada, and has appeared on national television and radio.

Tara has worked as accompanist and vocal coach at the University of Western Ontario, Dalhousie University, Mount Allison University and, presently, Acadia University.…

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Nina Scott-Stoddart

Stage director Carmen 2017

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


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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