Halifax Summer Opera Festival 2022 — Gluck’s Armide

Join the Halifax Summer Opera Festival for 2022 and rehearse and perform a role in Gluck’s Armide.

We’re an artist-centred and supportive program which has grown over 16 years into one of the two largest opera training programs in the country. We offer an encouraging environment, hands-on training and real performance opportunities.

The workshop runs from July 23 to August 14, 2022.

It’s been a tough time for those of us studying live performance. We know that over the last two years that getting the practical experience of performing onstage and adding credits to your operatic resumé has been hard to come by.  Let’s change that!

We’ve got a small, one-opera, three-week season planned for this year, in light of the pandemic that cancelled opera and opera programs across the world for the last two year. We’re committed to keeping ourselves, our artists and our audience safe as we all explore public performances again. 

Armide is a mid-Classical operatic gem about a powerful sorceress who wants to conquer her enemy through love, not hatred. We’ll be working on it in French, with conductor Eszter Horvath and stage directors Andrew Pelrine and Nina Scott-Stoddart. There are lots of roles, especially for sopranos, each of which has at least one featured arioso. It’s a great piece to collaborate on with an enthusiastic and experienced creative team and a vibrant cast.

Extra classes this year will include Alexander Technique, acting, auditioning and the business of opera.

There are no age or citizenship limits for HSOF, and we welcome students who are newer to opera performance as well as experienced performers looking for larger roles. We remain committed to diversity in casting at all times and in all ways. Always.

It’s important that you’re able to commit to whatever quarantine or testing requirements may be in place for Nova Scotia in July, or for Canada in general if you wish to come from outside Canada. All participants and staff must be fully vaccinated agains Covid.

The fee is $1900, which doesn’t include travel, housing or food. We do have some limited partial scholarship money and you can apply for. We will have full refund policies in place if we have to cancel the program because of covid restrictions.

We will accept digital uploads until all roles are cast. To be considered in the first wave, please send us your materials by Feb. 26, 2022.

To apply:

1. Scroll to the bottom of our website main page to learn the details of our online application process. There are no age or citizenship limits for HSOF, and we welcome students who are newer to opera performance as well as experienced performers. As long as you commit to any necessary travel restrictions needed for this summer.

2. Fill in the Application Form and pay your $20 Canadian fee, all done online.

3. You will be sent instructions to send in your digital audition materials.

I can’t wait to hear you and for us all to make music together again!

Nina Scott-Stoddart
Artistic Director, HSOF

UPDATE re: COVID-19 and the 2020 Halifax Summer Opera Festival

Dear Artist:
I want to update our plans for the 2020 Halifax Summer Opera Festival in light of the ever-changing conditions surrounding COVID-19.

Other local arts organizations have been cancelling events up to the end of April or May. Because of the unprecedented situation, it’s not clear to anyone what the reality will be for mid-July. 

Our Board of Directors and I have decided to leave the season open for the time being. We still hope we can have the Festival and will continue to plan for it, while reassessing things as conditions change. We will send updates in April and May, by which time we hope to have a clearer idea of what the situation in July will be. 

If you’ve already been cast, we want to assure you that any money paid to us from now on will be totally refundable if we have to cancel the Festival. We’re not going to actively collect money, but if you do send it in it will be refundable from now on.

I will be leaving the application form up, and taking off the fee. Please feel free to apply for roles if you like — I will go ahead and cast as if we’re going ahead.

If we do end up having to cancel the 2020 Festival, we will plan a regular season for 2021. We will also make special arrangements with any of our artists who accepted offers for this year who choose to return in future years. We are very grateful for your support!

I want to thank you all for your patience. You are why we run an opera training program and your talent and passion make everything possible. Please stay safe, take care of your precious respiratory systems and we’ll make a decision about the season by the end of May.


Nina Scott-Stoddart
Artistic Director
Halifax Summer Opera Festival

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Halifax Auditions December 7 for Halifax Summer Opera Festival 2020

Handel’s Alcina, 2019

The first round of Halifax auditions for the 16th annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival will be held on Saturday December 7 at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Please review the How to Apply page then fill in the Application Form. You’ll be given details on how to schedule your time slot. If you have any problems, let Nina know and she’ll sort things out!

We’ll also be hearing auditions by FaceTime/Skype or you can send your materials in digitally. Nina will review all applications.

For 2020 we’ll be rehearsing and performing four full lengths musical works (Les dialogues des carmélitesDido and Aeneas/Venus and Adonis and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera). Staff for these operas include directors David Mosey, Erin Bardua and Andrew Pelrine, music directors Nicholas Gilmore and Chuck Homewood and vocal coaches Rose Naggar-Tremblay, Maureen Batt and Jason Davis.

We’re also starting a new Art Song Intensive program to help young performers get ready for full opera roles through language study and acting technique classes built around art song repertoire. These participants will also sing chorus in Carmélites. Staff for this program include Gregory Myra, Lucy Hayes Davis and Nina Scott-Stoddart.

Contact Nina directly with any questions: nina@halifaxsummeroperafestival.com

London, ON Audition Times added for Tuesday October 29!

We are now scheduling auditions for our 2020 Summer Opera Festival program for London ON. Auditions will be at the Faculty of Music on Tuesday October 29 from 2 pm to 5:30 pm.

Our 2020 Season will feature Poulenc’s Les dialogues des carmélites, Kurt Weill’s The Three Penny Opera and a double bill of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Blow’s Venus and Adonis, plus an Art Song Intensive.

Learn more about How to Apply

Application form online

Casts announced for 2019 Halifax Summer Opera Festival

All casts have now been posted on the website! Visit TicketHalifax.com for advance tickets!

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE by MozartFriday August 2, 7:30 pm
Thursday August 8, 7:30 pm
Saturday August 3, 7:30 pm
Saturday August 10, 2:00 pm
TaminoAlexander CappellazzoAlexander Cappellazzo
PapagenoLuke NoftallLuke Noftall
PaminaMeghan Jamieson (NS)Lindsay Heyland (NS)
Queen of the NightKatherine MaybaAnastasia Pogorelova (Russia)
SarastroDuncan StenhouseDuncan Stenhouse
First LadyJulie GateSkylar Cameron (NS)
Second LadySerena YeungCorinne James (ON)
Third LadyLaura CurialeNatalie Vong
MonostatosMehdi Mikaeilzadh Mehdi Mikaeilzadh
PapagenaGrace HakalaEmily Wang
First SpiritOlivia Charlebois-BrandvoldEmilie James (ON)
Second SpiritJulia KennificRhian Merritt (NS)
Third SpiritRaelyn Davis (NS)Keira Davis (NS)
SpeakerSteven DeWittSteven DeWitt
Little PaminaAva Frail (NS)Billie Kent (NS)
Little PapagenoCharlie Fournier (NS)Charlie Fournier (NS)
Little MonostatosDylan Chang (NS)Dylan Chang (NS)
Little PapagenaJulia Velasco (NS)Julia Velasco (NS)

LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN by OffenbachSaturday August 3, 2:00 pm
Wednesday August 7, 7:30 pm
Sunday August 4, 7:30 pm
Saturday August 10, 7:30 pm
Hoffmann, a poetKoosha Khorramian (Iran/NS)Koosha Khorramian (Iran/NS)
Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, DapertuttoMarKo Hubert (NS)MarKo Hubert (NS)
Nicklausse, his friendMairi Demings (NS)Lissy Meyerowitz
Olympia, a dollMeggie MacKayLoren Graziano
Antonia, a young girl Olivia LaPointeKelsey Lee
Giulietta, a courtesanLeslie HigginsOlivia Spahn-Vieria
Nathanael, Frantz, Pitichinaccio, SpalanzaniEli Aronson (USA)Eli Aronson (USA)
Crespel, Antonia's fatherDuncan StenhouseDuncan Stenhouse
SchlémilSteven DeWitt (NS)Steven DeWitt (NS)
LutherJim Horne (NS)Steven DeWitt (NS)
CochenilleLoren GrazianoMeggie MacKay
HermannLissy MeyerowitzMairi Demings
AndresRhian Meritt (NS)Rhian Meritt (NS)
Stella/WaitressOliva Spahn-VieriaLeslie Higgins

ALCINA by HandelSunday August 4, 2 pm Friday August 9, 7:30 pmTuesday August 6, 7:30 pm
Sunday August 11, 2 pm
Alcina, a sorceressJodie MillerVictoria Vass
Morgana, her sisterSevan KochkarianAbigail Sinclair (NS)
Oberto, a boyEmma BattelAlyssa Hildebrand
Bradamante, Ruggiero's loverLaurel CoddingtonZoë Gotziaman
RuggieroSean JordanSean Jordan
Orontë, Morgana's loverJustin LiJustin Li
Melisso, Ruggiero's tutorCamilo Rodriguez-CuadradoCamilo Rodriguez-Cuadrado