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

Broadway Our Way, musical theatre concert on July 20

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For Immediate Release
July 9th, 2019

Broadway Our Way is a showstopping tour through musical theatre history!

Ever wonder what opera singers sing for fun? Come out and hear Broadway Our Way, the first concert of the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, on July 20!

Produced by Andrew Pelrine and accompanied by Ria Kim, Broadway Our Way is part of the Festival’s fifteenth season. Broadway Our Way will take you on a journey from early Broadway classics to modern day musicals, all sung by opera singers from across North America and the world. This concert will captivate any Broadway fan with pieces from musicals as diverse as Carousel, Kiss Me Kate and My Fair Lady, through The Wiz and Phantom right up to Wicked, Addams Familyand Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812!

Broadway Our Way will take place on Saturday July 20, at 7:30 pm at the Lillian Piercey Concert Hall in the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts at 6199 Chebucto Avenue. Tickets are $20, available at the door or in advance at Ticket Halifax.

Don’t forget to check out all the other events of the Festival! Tickets are on sale online at TicketHalifax.com, by phone at (902) 422-6278 (ext. 500), in person at The Coast’s offices, 2309 Maynard Street, or at the venue an hour before the show, payable by cash, credit card, tappable debit, ApplePay or cheque.  Audience members can also buy season passes, which will get them into every performance of every show.

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Information / interviews: 
Bodhi Anders: mobile: 902-293-0264 or email: bodhi.anders@gmail.com

 

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Free Library concerts launch 15th Halifax Summer Opera Festival

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For Immediate Release
July 8th, 2019

Free concerts and lectures launch the 15th Annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival July 17-24

There will be four free performances over the next two weeks as the Halifax Summer Opera Festival collaborates with the Halifax Central Library on a series of noon hour lecture recitals from July 17-19 and an evening exploring opera music by women composers on July 24 at 7 pm. 

The noon hour lecture recital series marks its fifth year at the Paul O’Regan Hall at Halifax Central Library. Each lecture gives insights and context for one of the main stage operas presented at the Festival, delivered by a key member of the creative team and illustrated by slides and musical excerpts performed by the cast.  The venue is one of our favourites because of its open, friendly, welcoming design.

Wednesday July 17: Handel’s Alcina
Thursday July 18: Mozart’s The Magic Flute 
Friday July 19: Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann 

Also at the Paul O’Regan Hall the following week is a special exploration of operas composed by women.

In spite of there having been many women composers in the Western tradition, relatively few women have composed operas. Dr Jane Gordon explores why this is, and celebrates some of the stories (and music) of the trailblazers. From Francesca Caccini to Ethel Smyth, from Hildegarde von Bingen to Elizabeth Raum, we celebrate operas composed by women!

Also features music director Nicholas Gilmore, collaborative pianist Giancarlo Scalia and performers from the Halifax Summer Opera Festival.

Women Composers of Opera: an exploration 
Wednesday July 24, 7:00 pm, Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, 5540 Spring Garden

The library concerts are always free, but tickets for the rest of the festival are on sale online at TicketHalifax.com, by phone at (902) 422-6278 (ext. 500), in person at The Coast’s offices, 2309 Maynard Street, or at the venue an hour before the show, payable by cash, credit card, tappable debit, ApplePay or cheque.  Audience members can also buy season passes, which will get them into every performance of every show (which can be quite interesting since there are two casts for each opera, providing two quite distinct interpretations).

Halifax Summer Opera Festival and Workshop educates and develops both singers and audiences through the performance of operatic repertoire. For fourteen seasons, HSOF has presented fully staged operas each summer, giving singers from university undergrads to professionals opportunities to learn roles in the context of performing an entire, full-staged opera. Participants are selected from live or recorded auditions and participate in rehearsals and master classes on everything from auditioning techniques to dramatic and musical interpretations by seasoned pros. HSOF is a not-for-profit society with a volunteer Board of Directors, based in Lunenburg and Halifax. You can find out all the details at www.halifaxsummeroperafestival.com.

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Information / interviews: 
Bodhi Anders: mobile: 902-293-0264 or email: 
bodhi.anders@gmail.com

 

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2019 Halifax Summer Opera Festival season announced

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For Immediate Release
June 28th, 2019

Mozart’s family-friendly The Magic Flute is the centrepiece of Eastern Canada’s largest opera festival

(Halifax, NS) –  To celebrate the fifteenth season of one of Canada’s largest opera festivals, over 50 performers will bring to life three magical operas.

This year the Halifax Summer Opera Festival includes four performances each of Mozart’s delightful The Magic Flute, Jacques Offenbach’s fantastic The Tales of Hoffmann, and a masterpiece of Baroque opera, Alcina by G.F. Handel. The main stage operas will be performed between August 2 and 11, and the entire season is supported by our print media sponsor, The Coast.

One of Mozart’s most beloved operas, The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) (1791) has enchanted audiences since its debut. Our all-new production sets this colourful and magical opera in a hybrid world of urban fantasy. This is the perfect opera for newcomers to the art form, adults and children alike! Meet the bird man Papageno, Prince Tamino, Princess Pamina, Sarastro and the amazing Queen of the Night as they sing some of the most glorious music ever composed. The Magic Flute will be sung in German with spoken English dialogue and projected translations, so audiences won’t miss any of the magic. Fully-staged and costumed and performed with piano and flute. Opens August 2.

The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d’Hoffmann, 1881) is Offenbach’s greatest and strangest opera! The poet Hoffmann tells stories of the three women he has loved — a mechanical performing doll, the consumptive daughter of a famous singer and a bejeweled Venetian siren—all of whom break his heart in different ways. Our new steampunk production brings this magical and fantastic world to vivid life! Fully-staged and -costumed, accompanied by piano and sung in French, with projected translations. Opens August 3. 

Handel’s Alcina (1735) tells the story of the powerful sorceress Alcina, and brave Bradamante who sets out to rescue her lover from Alcina’s clutches! This work was composed for the opera-mad audiences of Handel’s London theatre and has some of Handel’s most exquisite music.  Our modern dress production explores Alcina as a cult leader, seducing her followers and keeping them prisoner, and their struggle to escape her. Fully-staged and costumed, sung in Italian with projected English translation and accompanied by harpsichord and cello continuo and violin. Opens August 4. 

Tickets for the festival are on sale online at TicketHalifax.com, by phone at (902) 422-6278 (ext. 500), in person at The Coast’s offices, 2309 Maynard Street, or at the venue an hour before the show, payable by cash, credit card, tappable debit, ApplePay or cheque.  Audience members can also buy season passes, which will get them into every performance of every show (which can be quite interesting since there are two casts for each opera, providing two quite distinct interpretations).

The Festival kicks off with a series of free noon hour lecture recitals at the Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library on July 17, 18 and 19. Other special events include a musical theatre concert on Saturday July 20 at 7:30 pm at the Lillian Piercey Concert Hall and an evening at the Library featuring music by women composers of opera on Wednesday July 24 at 7 pm. The Festival also presents its annual Pride concert in collaboration with Halifax Pride, Opera Backwards, Friday July 26, 8:00 pm at the Bus Stop Theatre.

Halifax Summer Opera Festival and Workshop educates and develops both singers and audiences through the performance of operatic repertoire.  For fifteen seasons, HSOF has presented fully staged operas each summer, giving singers from university undergrads to professionals opportunities to learn roles in the context of performing an entire, full-staged opera.  Participants are selected from live or recorded auditions and participate in rehearsals and master classes on everything from auditioning techniques to dramatic and musical interpretations by seasoned pros.  HSOF is a not-for-profit society with a volunteer Board of Directors, based in Lunenburg and Halifax.  You can find out all the details at www.halifaxsummeroperafestival.com.

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Information / interviews: 
Bodhi Anders: mobile: 902-293-0264 or email: bodhi.anders@gmail.com

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