Apply now for the 2017 Halifax Summer Opera Festival!


Be a part of the 13th Annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival, which runs from July 15 to August 13, 2017! We’re a friendly, supportive program that works as hard as we can for you, the developing artist.

Our repertoire this year is Handel’s great opera Ariodante, Britten’s comedy Albert Herring and one of two great verismo works: either Bizet’s Carmen or Puccini’s La boheme!

In-person auditions in Canada:

  • SACKVILLE: November 1  – Mount Allison
  • TORONTO: November 10 and 11 – U of T
  • LONDON: Saturday November 12 – Western
  • EDMONTON: Monday November 14 – U of A
  • LETHBRIDGE: Thursday November 17 – U of L
  • MONTREAL: Saturday November 19 – McGill

And distance auditions by digital upload starting immediately.

Application fee $40 Canadian

Apply now!

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Halifax Summer Opera Festival 12th season announcement!

We’re pleased to announce our 12th season of opera and musical theatre in Halifax, Canada.

Nine by Maury Yeston

A great musical theatre piece, based on Fellini’s film 8 1/2. Amazing roles! Stage directors Nina Scott-Stoddart, David Mosey and Chris Pelrine.

Rodelinda by Handel

One of Handel’s most beautiful operas. Conductor Nicholas Gilmore.

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi by Puccini

Tragedy and comedy from one of the greatest opera composers of all time. Conductor Tara Scott.  Stage director Andrew Pelrine.

Stay tuned for more information about audition tour dates, application process and creative teams!

Second round of applications welcomed for Halifax Summer Opera Festival 2015

The Halifax Summer Opera Festival is inviting a second round of applications for roles in its eleventh season in 2015.

The roles outstanding are:
Mrs Gleaton – Susannah
La fée – Cendrillon
First Spirit – Cendrillon
Salvation Army Girl #1/Nursemaid #1 – Street Scene
Greta Fiorentino – Street Scene
Jenny Hildebrand – Street Scene
Mrs McLean – Susannah
Fifth Spirit – Cendrillon
Sixth Spirit – Cendrillon
Olga Olsen – Street Scene
Salvation Army Girl #2/Nursemaid #2 – Street Scene
Jennie Hildebrand – Street SceneTENOR
Little Bat – Susannah
Elder Gleaton – Susannah
Elder Hayes – Susannah
Le Doyen de la Faculte – Cendrillon
Sam Kaplan – Street Scene
Lippo Fiorentino – Street Scene
Elder McLean – Susannah
Pandolfe – Cendrillon
Le Roi – Cendrillon
Le Surintendant des plaisirs – Cendrillon
Le Premiere Ministre – Cendrillon
George Jones – Street Scene
Dick McGann – Street Scene
Harry Easter – Street Scene
Abraham Kaplan – Street Scene
Henry Davis – Street Scene

Elder Ott – Susannah
Frank Maurrant – Street Scene
Carl Olsen – Street Scene

For more information, please see
To apply please use the application form at
Any questions? Please email Administrator Chris Pelrine at

Thank you for a great audition season!


Our audition tour is officially over, we’ve heard hundreds of wonderful singers and we’re just about to start making offers.

David Mosey and I would like to thank everyone who auditioned for HSOF over the last few weeks! We’ve heard the highest calibre of singers ever which makes our decisions all the harder. We’re currently reviewing the distance applications and then we’ll be calling the first round of offers within the next two days.

There is still time to get your application in, especially if you’re a mezzo or a ma 🙂 We will be accepting applications until all the roles are filled.

As always, if you need an answer from us right away please contact me directly at and I’ll try to help you.

Once again, thank you all for a magnificent audition season, and all the best for the rest of the school year and wherever your summer travels take you!