Auditions today in New York City!


First day of auditions for the 2014 Halifax Summer Opera Festival and Yorkshire Opera Workshops and here I am in New York City 🙂

Auditions will be at OPERA America’s National Opera Center at 330 Seventh Avenue, on the 7th Floor. We’ll be in Studio 710.

If you wish to sing for me today, there is still time to book — we have a few slots mostly in the early afternoon.  APPLICATION FORM


See you soon!



HSOF Audition venue confirmed for Evanston, IL on Friday November 1


For the first time the Halifax Summer Opera Festival and the Yorkshire Opera Workshop will be auditioning in Evanston, IL on Friday November 1, at Music Institute of Chicago’s Evanston East Campus at 1490 Chicago Avenue at Grove Street in downtown Evanston from 4 to 7 pm. One audition (and one $25 application fee) covers your application to both programs.

I’m particularly thrilled to be hearing auditions here because my mother was born in Evanston 🙂 Add that to the chance to hear great young singers from the mid-West and it’s a perfect trip!

The 2014 Halifax Summer Opera Festival will run from July 21 to August 17 and will feature productions of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto (with Baroque orchestra), Dvorak’s Rusalka (in Czech with piano) and Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods (with piano). 2014 marks HSOF’s 10th anniversary!

The 2014 Yorkshire Opera Workshop runs in England from May 11 to May 30 and will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s English operetta Iolanthe..

For more information about applying to the programs, please see our website.

We will be adding audition times for London Ontario for Tuesday November 5



We are almost out of audition slots for London, ON at this point, so we’re going to be adding another block of time on Tuesday November 5, probably from 2 pm to 5 pm, at New St. James.  We’re just waiting for the confirmation of this, and expect this to be live on the forms and scheduler sometime tomorrow. If you wish to change an existing time on Wednesday to Tuesday, log back into the scheduling system and change away, or contact us for assistance.



2014 Halifax Summer Opera Festival application now available for fall audition tour and distance applications.



Applications are now being accepted for both the Halifax Summer Opera Festival and Workshop’s tenth season and for the second season of the Yorkshire Opera Workshop. The application fee is $25 Canadian.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Monday July 21 through Sunday August 17, 2014
Giulio Cesare in Egitto by Handel (1724)
in Italian 
performed with Baroque orchestra featuring members of Aradia
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Repetiteur: Lynette Wahlstrom
Stage Director: TBA
Vocal Coach: Jackie Short
Rusalka by Dvořák (1901)
sung in Czech 
performed with piano
Music Director:  Gregory Myra
Stage Director: Andrew Pelrine
Czech Coach: Susan Lexa
Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim (1986)
performed with piano
Music Director:  Tara Scott
Stage Directors: David Mosey and Nina Scott-Stoddart
Vocal Coach: Anthony Radford
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, England
Sunday May 11 through Friday May 30, 2014
Spend three weeks in England, learning and performing a complete role in one of the greatest English operetta ever written!
Iolanthe by Gilbert and Sullivan (1882)
performed with piano
Music Director:  Gregory Myra
Vocal Coach: Lenard Whiting
Stage Directors: David Mosey and Nina Scott-Stoddart
Both workshops are open to singers of all nationalities and ages. 
Live auditions for both these workshops will be held:
October 28, 2014:  NEW YORK CITY, NY
October 30, 2014: BOSTON, MA
November 1, 2014: CHICAGO, IL
November 3, 2014: WINNIPEG, MB
November 6, 2014: LONDON, ON
November 8 & 9, 2014: TORONTO, ON
November 10, 2014: MONTRÉAL, QC
November 13, 2014: ST JOHN’S, NL
November 16, 2014: HALIFAX, NS
DVD/CD distance applications will be accepted postmarked up to November 10, 2013.
Digital packages can be uploaded until all roles are filled, but we’ll start casting by November 16, so please get your packages in early!
How to Apply: details of the application process and requirements
Application Form: for both HSOF and YOW
All the best in all your auditions!
Marja and Nina

Marja Ernst
Administrator and Producer
Nina Scott-Stoddart
Artistic Director