Faculty & Staff

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Maureen Batt


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…

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Dr Susan Boddie

Vocal coach, Puccini 2016

Dr. Susan Boddie has been instructing voice and performing for over 15 years in Canada, and the US. Originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, New York studying with…

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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…

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Dr. Jennifer Farrell

Vocal Coach, Rodelinda 2016

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…

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Natasha Fransblow

Harpsichordist, Rodelinda 2016

New to the Toronto scene, Natasha has enthusiastically carved her space in the city’s vibrant classical music community as a vocal coach, accompanist and repetiteur. She is thrilled to continue as part of MYOpera’s artistic team as Music Director for the 2015/16 season. Natasha holds a masters in collaborative piano from the University of Manitoba…

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Nicholas Gilmore

Conductor Rodelinda 2016

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…

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Lucy Hayes-Davis

Vocal coach, Cosi fan tutte 2016

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…

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Eszter Horvath

Conductor, Puccini 2015

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…

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Anne Morison

Stage Director, Cosi fan tutte 2016

Anne Morison has over thirty years experience in theatre as a costume and set designer, including work with the Stratford Festival and on Toronto’s Phantom of the Opera. She has directed straight theatre in both Ontario and Nova Scotia, from the drama of ‘Hedda Gabler’ to the musical ‘Sinbad’. In 1994 she won the Best…

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Gregory Myra

Collaborative Pianist, Cosi fan tutte 2016

Gregory Myra is a collaborative pianist with degrees from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS and from the University of Manitoba.  He has been the music director for Die Zauberflöte , A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rusalka for the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, and last year made his English debut as music director for Iolanthe with the Yorkshire Opera Workshop. In 2015…

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Peter Oleskevich

Conductor Puccini 2016

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 has conducted numerous productions including Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème, L’elisir d’amore,…

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Andrew Pelrine

Stage director, Puccini 2016

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…

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Chris Pelrine

Festival 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…

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Giancarlo Scalia

Collaborative Pianist, Puccini Double Bill 2016

Born in Montreal, Giancarlo Scalia is active as both a pianist and as a composer. He frequently appears as a collaborative pianist at home and abroad and his compositions have been presented throughout North America and Europe. Mr. Scalia is currently répétiteur for the companies Opéra immédiat and Opéra bouffe du Québec and at institutions…

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Nina Scott-Stoddart

Stage director Rodelinda 2016

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…

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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…

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Richie Wilcox

Acting warmup facilitator

Richie Wilcox, originally from Cape Breton, is a multi-talented actor/director/singer. Wilcox has worked for numerous theatre companies over the past 20 years including Neptune, 2B Theatre, Irondale, Canadian Stage, Opera Nova Scotia, Festival Antigonish, and Angels & Heroes. Most recently, Wilcox directed Theatre Outre's Castrati: An Electro Drag Opera for the International Gay Theatre Festival…


2016 Masterclasses

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

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