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Each season, Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program 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.

Calgary Opera's world premiere of The Inventor. Photo by Trudie Lee.

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Ticket sales cover about half 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. 

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Jennifer Sproule and Allison Cecilia Arends in Calgary Opera's The Brothers Grimm at Glendale Elementary School. Photo by Alex Bonyun.

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 our 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 and the Opera in Schools Tour that brings one-act operas into schools performed by Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists.

Talisman Energy believes the arts can make a positive difference to the lives of young people. We thank them for their generous support of our Education programs. 

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Arrata Opera Centre
1315 - 7 Street SW
Calgary, AB T2R 1A5
Phone: 403-262-7286

Chorus & Supers

The world premiere of Calgary Opera's The Inventor. Photo by Trudie Lee.

Here’s your opportunity to appear onstage!

We are looking for two Supernumaries (“supers”) for our upcoming production of Candide.

Supers are non-singing extras in productions. These extras play many roles such as servants, soldiers, party guests and help to fill out crowd scenes.

For “Candide” the two supers will have colourful costumes and play and integral part in the staging and scene transitions. They should be comfortable appearing onstage and able to lift 30 pounds.

Rehearsals begin July 22, 2014. Scheduling requirements are still to be determined, but usually 3 or 4 rehearsals a week are required.

Performances August 14, 15 , 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23

Please email Bonni Baynton Sprague at bbsprague@calgaryopera.com


CALGARY OPERA CHORUS

Founded in 1972, the Calgary Chorus’ membership includes the finest amateur and semi-professional singers available. Participants represent a cross-section of our community including doctors, lawyers, accountants, home-makers, lifeguards and university students, and span a wide scope of age groups. Several choristers have left the chorus to pursue professional singing careers.

Now in its 42nd season, the Calgary Opera Chorus boasts a vast repertoire and has performed with numerous world-class singers, conductors and directors. Presently under the musical leadership of one of the country’s most respected chorus directors, Ms. Sandra Atkinson, the chorus remains a fundamental component in Calgary Opera’s aim to engage its audience and enhance our community through the magic of opera.
 

Calgary Opera is in need of male chorus members for the November production of Silent Night

 

Would you like to be part of the Calgary Opera Chorus?

Auditions for the 2014-2015 season will take place on May 27 & May 28, 2014, 6pm-10pm. Please contact:

Averil Cook for an appointment
403-802-3402
acook@calgaryopera.com

Time Commitment for Chorus Members

Chorus members are required to attend music rehearsals for four to six weeks, depending on the opera. These rehearsals take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm. Additionally, they are required to attend staging rehearsals during the three weeks leading up to mainstage productions.

Compensation

Chorus members are paid a small honorarium, calculated according to the amount of rehearsal time required.

CALL FOR SUPERNUMERARIES

Calgary Opera is currently seeking supernumeraries for productions in its 2013-2014 season.

Supernumeraries (or “Supers”) are non-singing roles that are an important part of each production. They take roles such as servants, soldiers, peasants, priests and aristocrats, and have an opportunity to work with a large group of talented artists and technicians, including principal singers, the Calgary Opera Chorus, stage managers, orchestra, conductors, and stage directors.

Supernumeraries who are chosen to be in the cast for a show are usually asked to come to rehearsals for the three or four weeks before the first performance takes place. Most of the rehearsals will be in the evenings, or on weekend afternoons/evenings.

Calgary Opera offers a small honourarium to all supernumeraries.


If you would like to become a “Super” for our 2013-2014 season please contact:

Averil Cook, Executive Assistant
Calgary Opera
(403) 802-3402