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)


Tickets Sat / aug 12 : 12:00PM
Tickets Sun / aug 13 : 12:00PM
Tickets Sat / aug 19 : 12:00PM
Tickets Sun / aug 20 : 12:00PM


Elbow River Pathway


Join us for Cinderella at Opera in the Village, an adaptation by Rob Herriot of two operas; Gioacchino Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon. This one-act opera is a perfect introduction to opera, and fun for the entire family.

Please note the Cinderella requires audience participation! Four children from the audience will be asked to act as ‘mice’ to help with Cinderella’s ball gown and guide her coach!

The pianist for Cinderella is Kimberley Bartczak, with Set & Costume Design by Hanne Loosen. See below for the full cast list. 

Tickets for Cinderella are $15. 

Cinderella Fun Facts 

- Cinderella has appeared as a legend or folk tale in various forms and in various cultures, dating as far back as 860 AD.
- There are several English versions, a French and Chinese version and even an Egyptian version.
- Some say that the roots of the story attempt to explain night becoming day. Cinderella is seen as DAWN. She is bowed down by her  cruel relations (the shadows of the NIGHT) and is delivered from them by the Prince (the SUN).


The Cast