2017 Festival Overview

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Join our talented young performers for 15 performances over four weeks, plus masterclasses and other special events open to the public.

From Baroque opera to passionate French verismo, from Broadway musical to English opera, HSOF has something for everyone!


CARMEN  – by Georges Bizet –  Sung in French, fully-staged and costumed and accompanied by piano. One of the most popular, most beloved operas of all time, this is a passionate story of love, jealousy and tragedy. Projected English translations. August 4, 6, 10 and 12 at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre

L’EGISTO – by Francesco Cavalli- Sung in Italian, fully-staged and costumed and accompanied by harpsichord and cello continuo and violins. A gorgeous early Baroque opera with stunning music and a lively story. Projected English translations. Thank you to the Early Music Society of Nova Scotia for their generous support of this show! August 5, 6, 9 and 12 at the David Mack Murray Studio Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre

ALBERT HERRING – by Benjamin Britten – Sung in English, fully-staged and costumed and accompanied by piano, harp and percussion.  An hilarious and clever comic opera set against the background of a small English village. August 5, 8, 11 and 13 at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre


Opera Backwards: a very queer show — Thursday July 20, 7:30 pm at The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street Tickets $20 each available through TicketHalifax.com. Thank you to Halifax Pride for their generous support of this show!

Broadway Our Way — Saturday July 29, 7:30 pm at The Waiting Room– a fabulous evening of informal musical theatre and cabaret repertoire with the talented young performers from the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Admission $15 at the door or via TicketHalifax.com

A Musical Evening with William Blake — Thursday August 3, 6:30 pm at the Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library. Words by the English poet, artist and visionary William Blake, with some set to music by Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir Hubert Parry. Director David Mosey, Music Director Tara Scott and participants from the 13th Annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival.

Director: David Mosey
Pianist: Tara Scott
Oboist: John Rowe
Soprano: Allison Petten
Mezzo soprano: Grace McKinnon
Tenor: Nolan Kehler
Baritone: Dylan Evans


Join us for a three part, free noon hour lecture recital series at the Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library on July 28, 29 and 30. All lectures run from noon to 12:45 pm. FREE admission.

Thursday July 27 – Francesco Cavalli’s L’Egisto and early Baroque opera
An overview of the beginnings of Italian opera in the 17th century, including the works of Cavalli, with musical examples by singers from the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Lecturer Nina Scott-Stoddart, Artistic Director of HSOF
Friday July 28 – Georges Bizet’s Carmen and verismo opera
The shocking history of verismo opera in the 19th century, with musical examples by singers from the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Lecturer Nina Scott-Stoddart, Artistic Director of HSOF and stage director for Carmen
Saturday July 29 – Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring and English opera in the 20th century.
Britten’s operas ushered in a golden age of opera in English. A lecture recital with musical examples by singers from the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Lecturer Nicholas Gilmore, conductor for Albert Herring


Watch four experienced performers work with six young singers over the course of two hours. All our masterclasses are open to the public. Tickets are $10 each for auditors. All masterclasses take place in Room 121 in the basement of the Dalhousie Arts Centre.



Tickets are now available through our ticketing partner TICKET HALIFAX and The Coast

Order by phone (credit card only) or get box office help at: (902)-422-6278 ex. 500

Tickets available in person (cash, debit) at:
The Coast
2309 Maynard Street
Halifax, NS
B3K 3T8

and at the venue an hour before each performance by cash, credit card (Visa or MasterCard) and cheque.

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