About The Company

The Maritime Concert Opera Society was founded in 2003 by Nina Scott-Stoddart. Our goals are:

  • to present concert versions (without staging, sets or costumes) of complete operatic works, in their original languages
  • to keep ticket prices low and venues small so that opera is more accessible to our audiences
  • to promote enjoyment of opera, musical theatre and operetta
  • to encourage audience development through pre-concert lectures, vocal recitals and school programmes
  • *to support and promote Nova Scotian and Maritime artists and culture

Why concert opera? Opera is a perishingly expensive art form, which usually requires the combined forces of a major theatrical company, a symphony orchestra, a large chorus and an army of backstage personnel. Opera performed in concert (that is, without staging, set or costumes) reduces the cost of producing opera, and means that a small company like ours can spend its money on very fine Canadian singers and give musically satisfying performances of works otherwise beyond our reach, financially.

Nina Scott-StoddartArtistic Director Nina Scott-Stoddart is a professional mezzo-soprano who has sung across Canada, the United States and in New Zealand. Founder of Toronto-based Opera Anonymous, she oversaw over 20 productions from 1994 to 2002. Nina and her husband moved to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in 2002, and has since overseen 18 full operas and a total of 34  concerts with MCO.  In 2005 she and Tara Scott founded the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop which has just completed a very successful tenth season.

MCO Board of Directors

(as of May 2014)


Wendy Dean, Chair
David Morison, Past Chair
Don Wilson,Chairman Emeritus
Ruth Reedman, Treasurer
Wendy Fraser, Secretary

Board Members at large:

Mary Humphries
Rob O’Quinn

Artistic Director (ex officio)

Nina Scott-Stoddart

Advisory Board
James C. Aulenbach
Heather Brill
Diane Oxner