Apply now for HSOF 2023!

HSOF 2023

Join us for our 17th Season of supportive opera training on the East Coast of Canada!

We offer an artist-centred approach that teaches and strengthens your stage skills in the context of rehearsing and performing an entire role in an opera.

We’ll be hearing all auditions digitally this year, and as long as your materials are in by November 6, 2022, you’ll be considered in the first round of singers. 

The application form is live now!

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How to apply for HSOF 2023

What does HSOF cost?

The fee for the 2023 workshop will be $1900 Canadian per person. The fee includes all artistic costs, including coachings, acting/movement and audition classes, rehearsals and masterclasses. 

This does not include housing and travel.

We have a small amount of bursary/scholarship money we can award, and you must apply for this support at the time you apply for the program.

Who can apply?

The Halifax Summer Opera Festival is open to all performers, regardless of nationality or age.We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role we seek qualified performers, without regard to race, age, color, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, within the confines of voice types (and sometimes not even then!) We strongly encourage trans singers to apply.

COVID protocols

Depending on COVID conditions in the summer of 2023, we can anticipate a COVID policy similar to our 2022 policy — daily rapid testing, staying masked during rehearsals and isolating when ill.

How to apply

1. Fill in the application form and pay $25 application fee via PayPal.
2. Upload your audition materials (three contrasting pieces, one in English plus covering letter, c.v./bio, headshot and letter of recommendation) by November 6 to be included in the first round of casting. We will accept applications until all roles are filled.

Full details
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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

Auditions, applications and next season — coming soon!

We’re just putting the finishing touches on the application form for the 2019 Halifax Summer Opera Festival — marking our 15th year!

Our 2019 season will feature Die Zauberflöte, Les contes d’Hoffmann and either Alcina or Turn of the Screw.

The audition tour at the moment includes the following dates:


Toronto, November 3 and 10
London, ON, November 4
Montreal, November 12 and 13
Halifax and Wolfville TBC

If you’d like to be notified when the application form goes live, then please join our Audition mailing list here:

Second round of applications invited for HSOF 2018! We need men and mezzos :)

We have a great range of roles still available for singers interested in spending four weeks in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada this summer!  The Festival runs from July 14 to August 12, and features three MainStage productions:  Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Unfortunately, as of this date, we have no soprano roles left.

But we have good roles for mezzos, countertenors, tenors, baritones and bass baritones.

We’ll keep a constantly updated list of available roles here: Currently Available Roles for HSOF 2018.

To apply, fill in the Application Form. You’ll then be given details about how to upload your audition materials. There’s more information about what you should prepare HERE.

Applications will be accepted until all roles are cast.

If you have questions, send them to Artistic Director Nina Scott-Stoddart at 


We’ve started making offers for the 14th Halifax Summer Opera Festival!

We’d like to thank the over 150 singers who sang for Nina and David in person or for Nina by distance application. We started to make offers today. It’s an exciting time,  but can be quite a slow process, depending on how many offers a singer is juggling. We have about 60 offers to make, so it can take a while!

If you haven’t heard from us and need to know where you stand in terms of an offer because you’ve got an offer from another program, then please drop Nina a line at

Thank you again!