2018 Festival

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The 14th Annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival will run from July 14 to August 12, 2018. We will rehearse and perform three main stage shows in 2018. Each fully-staged and -costumed show will be presented with conductor and accompanied by piano, harpsichord or small instrumental ensemble. Repertoire and staff members subject to change.

How to apply

L’Incoronazione di Poppea (1643) by Claudio Monteverdi
in Italian

conductor: Vicki St. Pierre
stage director: Erin Bardua
collaborative harpsichordist:
stage manager:
set and lighting designer: Matt Downey
costume designer: Kaelen MacDonald
vocal and diction coaches: Maureen Batt, Andrew Pickett
cellist: Hilary Brown

Performances at David Mack Murray Studio at Fountain School for the Arts
with small instrumental ensemble including continuo

L'Incoronazione di PoppeaFriday August 3, 7:30 pm
Wednesday Aug. 8, 7:30 pm
Sunday August 5, 2:00 pm
Saturday August 11, 7:30 pm
NeroneIlanna StarrSean Jordan (USA)
PoppeaKathryn JohnstonThera Barclay
OttaviaSarah Sharpe (NS)Sarah Labine
OttoneMason Boudrye (USA)Mason Boudrye (USA)
DrusillaSage PopeSage Pope
AmoreTaylor ReevesRachel Ross
ValettoKira VandermeulenMadeline Duffy
VenereMadeline DuffyKira Vandermeulen
DamigellaAbigail Sinclair (NS)Emily Steers
La FortunaEmily SteersAbigail Sinclair (NS)
ArnaltaLisa GerstenkornSarah (Kaye) Klapman (ON)
NutriceSarah (Kaye) Klapman (ON)Sarah (Kaye) Klapman (ON)
La VirtueJulia NatoliJulia Natoli
SenecaJordan Delage (QC)Drew Comer (USA)
Soldato I/Lucano/LibertaEli AronsonEli Aronson
Soldato II/StudentLucas KuipersLucas Kuipers
Littore/StudentGabrielle de GrandmontGabrielle de Grandmont
AmoriThera Barclay, Sarah Labine, Rachel Ross, Gabrielle De Grandmont, Sean Jordan, Mason Boudrye, Megan HaywardKathryn Johnston, Sarah Sharpe, Taylor Reeves, Gabrielle de Grandmont, Ilanna Starr, Mason Boudrye, Megan Hayward

Midsummer Night’s Dream (1960) by Benjamin Britten
in English

conductor: Nicholas Gilmore
stage director: David Mosey
collaborative pianist: Greg Myra
stage manager:
set designer: Katrin Whitehead
lighting designer: Sean Burke
costume designer: Elizabeth Perry
assistant stage director: Taylor Poirier
vocal and diction coach: Lucy Hayes Davis

Performances at Sir James Dunn Theatre at Fountain School for the Arts with piano

MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by BrittenSaturday August 4, 2:00 pm
Friday August 10, 7:30 pm
Tuesday August 7, 7:30 pm
Sunday August 12, 2:00 pm
OberonLogan Tanner (USA)Logan Tanner (USA)
TytaniaMorgan ReidSarah Dufresne
PuckRyan Gallant (NS)William Dyer (NS)
LysanderPatrick Simms (NS)Ryan Nauta
HermiaTeresa Clark (USA)Christina Yun (ON)
DemetriusMarKo Hubert (QC)MarKo Hubert (QC)
HelenaJulie GateMonike Porter
BottomThomas Brosky (NS) Kieran Kane (ON)
QuinceKieran Kane (ON)Thomas Brosky (NS)
FluteLucas Kuipers (ON)Joseph Adams (AB)
SnugDavid Piper (NS)David Piper (NS)
SnoutEli AronsonEli Aronson
StarvelingIan Green (NS)Ian Green (NS)
TheseusJordan DelageJordan Delage
HippolytaMegan Hayward (NS)Julia Natoli
CobwebEmma MacEachernMeggie MacKay
PeaseblossomMeagan Adams (NS)Oliva McGowan (NS)
MustardseedPatricia WeberChanel Rolle (ON)
MothGabrielle de Grandmont (QC)Audrée-Eve Turcotte (QC)

Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart
in Italian

conductor: Peter Oleskevich
stage directors: Nina Scott-Stoddart and Jason Davis
collaborative pianist: Giancarlo Scalia
stage manager: Jessica Oliver
set designer: Katrin Whitehead
lighting designer: Sean Burke
costume designer: Kelsey Stanger
vocal and diction coach: Jon Paul Decosse

Performances at Sir James Dunn Theatre at Fountain School for the Arts with fortepiano and small string ensemble

Don Giovanni by Mozart
(cast in order of appearance)
Saturday August 4, 7:30 pm
Thursday August. 9, 7:30 pm
Sunday August 5, 7:30
Saturday August 11, 2:00 pm
LeporelloManuel Provençal (QC)Flavio Lauria (Brazil)
Donna AnnaMarianne Chapdelaine (QC)Heather McConnell (USA)
Don GiovanniAriel Lefebvre (QC)Dylan Evans (USA)
CommendatoreDavid Piper (NS)Jordan Delage (QC)
Don OttavioTakayuki Komagata (Japan)Jeffrey Smith (ON)
Donna ElviraMichelle Riley (NS)Skylar Cameron (NS)
ZerlinaEmily Rocha (ON)Shanice Skinner (NS)
MasettoDrew Comer (USA)Dominic Williams (USA)