2019 Season 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 genius to Mozart’s kookiest opera, from Broadway musical to operas by women composers, HSOF has something for everyone!


THE MAGIC FLUTE  – by W.A. Mozart -Sung in German, dialogue in English. Projected English translations. Fully staged and costumed and accompanied by piano and flute. August 2, 3, 8  and 10 at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre

TALES OF HOFFMANN – by Jacques Offenbach Sung in French with projected English translations. Fully-staged and costumed and accompanied by piano.  August 3, 4, 7 and 10 at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre

ALCINA – by G.F. Handel – Sung in Italian with projected English translations, fully-staged and costumed and accompanied by keyboard, cello and violin.  August 4, 6, 9 and 11 at the Lillian Piercey Concert Hall, Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.


Opera singers unleash their inner musical theatre beasts!
Saturday July 20, 7:30 pm
Lillian Piercey Concert Hall, Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, 6199 Chebucto Ave., Halifax, N.S.
Tickets $20, available at the door or via TicketHalifax

A lecture recital by Dr Jane Gordon, Nicholas Gilmore and participants from the 15th Annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival.
Wednesday, July 24, 7:00pm
Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, 5540 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS.

Telling LGBTQ+ Stories through opera repertoire: presented as part of Halifax Pride.
Thanks to Halifax Pride for their generous support of this show!
Friday July 26, 8:00 pm
Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS Tickets $20, online at tickethalifax.com and at the door until sold out


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. 

Wednesday July 17 – Handel’s Alcina and Italian opera of the mid-Baroque era

Alcina was one of Handel’s last hits in London. We look at one of our main stage operas, with musical examples by singers from the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Lecturer Nina Scott-Stoddart, Artistic Director

Thursday July 18 – W.A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute and German singspiel

Mozart’s 1791 work Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) was a singspiel; part singing, part dialogue. A lecture recital with musical examples by singers from the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Lecturer Edie Reaney-Chunn, assistant director for The Magic Flute.

Friday July 19 – 
Jacques Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann and French romantic opera

One of the most idiosyncratic French opera, Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann is a wild and wonderful work! A lecture recital with musical examples by singers from the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Lecturer Nicholas Gilmore,  conductor for Hoffmann.


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.

Sunday July 14, 8 pm to 9:30 pm: Andrew Pelrine, acting for singers. Room 121, basement of Dal Arts Centre
Sunday July 21, 11 am to 1 pm: Maureen Batt, Dance Studio, main floor Dal Arts Centre
Tuesday August 6, 2 pm to 4 pm: Jason Davis, Room 121, basement of Dal Arts Centre
Wednesday August 7, 2 pm to 4 pm, Auditioning masterclass with JP Decosse and Nicholas Gilmore, Room 121


Tickets are now available from May 1 though 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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