Students from Hillhurst School creating Doppel during Let's Create an Opera

Building generations of opera lovers.

Education programs are an essential part of what we do, enriching the experiences of our current patrons and building audiences for tomorrow through student and young people outreach. This includes great programs like Let’s Create an Opera that gives students the opportunity to create their own original opera, the Opera in Schools Tour that brings one-act operas into schools performed by Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists, and Allegro Group for those opera lovers (or soon to be opera lovers) under 35. 

Thank you to Repsol and TD for believing that arts can make a positive difference to the lives of young people. We thank them for their generous support of our community programs. 

2015-16 Emerging Artists (Photo by Bookstrucker Photography)

Discover everything you need to know about opera, and Calgary Opera.

This section will teach you everything you need to know about Calgary opera, and opera - from buying a ticket to shouting Bravo! at the end of the performance, and everything in-between. You can also discover our Emerging Artist Development Program. Each season, Calgary Opera provides up to eight young singers with the opportunity to study and perform under a highly prestigious professional staff of teachers and performers. This program acts as a bridge between post-secondary education and the professional opera world.

Enbridge believes in making communities culturally vibrant through investments in the arts. We thank them for their generous support of our Emerging Artist program.

We thrive with your support.

Ticket sales cover less than a third of the cost of producing live opera, even on sold-out shows. We rely on government funding, sponsorships from corporations, and charitable donations to ensure that opera is alive and well for our community. 


Ambur Braid & Adam Luther in The Magic Flute (Photo by Trudie Lee)

Taste of the Opera


Everyone loves a behind-the-scenes experience – be it film, the theatre or opera. Perhaps opera has a particular allure because it is grand. The costumes, the props, hair and make-up, set design, stage direction, and the music; they are all big and they are all part of the world of opera.  

As a way of engaging patrons in this special world, Calgary Opera holds a unique behind-the-scenes event on the Friday evening prior to the opening of each mainstage production. Taste of the Opera, it is exactly that, a ‘taste’ of each of the upcoming shows. The Mamdani Opera Centre opens its doors for an insider’s look, followed by a taste of food and drink from the region in which the featured opera takes place. 

The educational program for the Taste varies with each performance. It could be a moderated panel of production team members discussing the inspiration for the set design, the construction process in building the set, and the importance of production lighting. Most often the evening includes performances by Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists, and it always is a wonderful time to socialize with opera-goers and friends over a glass of wine and a hors d’oeuvre.   

Mamdani Opera Centre
1315 - 7 Street SW
Tickets $25

Click HERE for tickets. 

Where & When

nov 18
7:00PM Tickets

Taste of the Opera - Die Fledermaus

Mamdani Opera Centre
feb 03
7:00PM Tickets

Taste of the Opera - Filumena

Mamdani Opera Centre
mar 31
7:00PM Tickets

Taste of the Opera - Turandot

Mamdani Opera Centre