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Nina Scott-Stoddart is bringing opera and comedy together for Witches, B*tches and Britches: Confessions of a Mezzo. Her performance takes place on Oct. 20 at the Astor Theatre.

What do you get when you bring together one of Nova Scotia's finest classical singers with a penchant for comedy and one of Atlantic Canada's most personable and talented accompanists?

You get Witches, B*tches and Britches: Confessions of a Mezzo -- a new show about opera, singers and singing, starring mezzo soprano Nina Scott-Stoddart and pianist, Tara Scott -- which is debuting this Oct. 20 and 22 on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

Confessions of a Mezzo is an irreverent survey of the strange and wonderful world of opera by Nova Scotia’s least-stuffy classical singer.  Whether you know a little or a lot about opera (or nothing at all), Nina will explain it all in her own inimitable fashion, combining music and comedy, aided and abetted (and sometimes thwarted) by her multi-faceted accompanist, Tara Scott, a nationally-respected collaborative pianist, educator and music director who has accompanied some of Canada's finest singers.

"I've actually been doing opera stand - up comedy for years, without knowing it," laughs Nina.  "I've spent my adult life singing and directing opera, and I adore the art form because I think it's a powerful and beautiful combination of music and theatre. I've always seen the funny side of it, though, and that humour comes out any time I talk about it." 

Since relocating to Nova Scotia from Toronto in 2002, Nina has worked as Artistic Producer for ONS’s Opera Valentine for five years and as stage director and General Manager for Halifax Summer Opera Workshop. Nina directed the Dalhousie University Opera Workshop for four years between 2006 and 2010. She's well-known to Halifax audiences as the five-time host of Opera Nova Scotia's Opera Valentine and to the South Shore as the founder, Artistic Director and spokesperson for Maritime Concert Opera which has just completed a very successful fifth season. 

Performances of Witches, B*tches and Britches: Confessions of a Mezzo will be at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool on Wednesday, Oct. 20 and at The Pearl Theatre in Lunenburg on Friday Oct. 22.

 Both performances will start at 7.30 p.m.

Liverpool tickets are available from the Astor Theatre.

Lunenburg tickets are available from Fulton’s Pharmacy in Lunenburg, Kinburn Pharmasave in Mahone Bay, Sagor’s Books in Bridgewater, or calling 634-4280.


Organizations: Halifax, Astor Theatre, Dalhousie University Opera Workshop Opera Nova Scotia The Pearl Theatre

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada, Lunenburg Liverpool Toronto Mahone Bay Bridgewater

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