How to 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.

You must be willing to abide by all existing Nova Scotia and Halifax regulations in place at the time of the Festival regarding COVID-19. We ask that all participants and staff be double vaccinated. 


After you’ve submitted your application form and paid your $20 application fee via PayPal (no PP account needed), you’ll receive a confirmation email with information about sending us your materials.

Prepare recordings of pieces as specified below. You’ll be able to upload audio or video files or submit links to them.

You’ll also need to submit a covering letter and a digital headshot and upload a bio and resume.

If Nina hasn’t worked with you before, a letter of recommendation is also highly appreciated!

While we will accept distance applications until all roles are filled, the first round of submitted materials will be reviewed just after February 26, 2022.


Please record three selections:

1. One should be an aria for the character for which you wish to be considered, if that character has an aria. Or you can sing an excerpt from the role. This should be in the original language. Or pick an appropriate (language/style/voice type) substitute.

2. An aria, musical theatre number or art song in English, if #1 isn’t in English. If your #1 pick is already in English you can choose anything else that shows you off.

3 . Any other song or that really shows off your personality and voice. Personality and acting ability are very important to us, much more so than you might be used to. Nina casts lots of people on this basis. 

If you don’t have any opera repertoire whatsoever, and are just getting started in this genre, we’re happy to listen to whatever you can bring. Musical theatre is just fine by us, as are art songs, if you’ve got nothing operatic. If the opera you want to be cast in is in a foreign language, do try to bring us something in that language. Most importantly, we want to see you and what you bring to your pieces. We have roles available for performers of varied strengths and experience.

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Phone Nina at 902-521-8577

Or apply today!