Nova Scotia Opera Association.

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Nova Scotia Opera Association.

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The Nova Scotia Opera Association was founded in 1950 by Mariss Vetra and Alfred Strombergs, who both originally hailed from Latvia. Strombergs served as the Association’s artistic director until 1953, when he was succeeded by Teodor Brilts in 1954, who was succeeded by Thomas Mayer in 1955. The Halifax Symphonette was formed at the same time to accompany the Association’s performances, and later became the basis for the Halifax Symphony Orchestra. The Association’s performances were staged in the Capitol Theatre on Barrington Street, and at the Queen Elizabeth Auditorium on Robie Street. Several operas were also performed in different places around Nova Scotia. Productions ceased in 1956 due to financial difficulties and waning interest, however, the Association did sponsor appearances by other production companies for several years thereafter.


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