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)

Chorus & Supers

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

Here’s your opportunity to appear onstage!


Calgary Opera is calling on adult singers, men and women, to audition for the opera chorus. The Chorus represent a cross-section of Calgary’s community including doctors, lawyers, accountants, home-makers, lifeguards and university students, and span a wide scope of age groups. What brings them all together is the thrill of singing, putting on a costume, and taking on an operatic character.

Presently under the musical leadership of one of the country’s most respected chorus directors, Sandra Atkinson, the chorus remains a fundamental component in Calgary Opera’s aim to engage its audience and enhance our community and spur civic pride through a variety of opera experiences. 

“Come join us for the best choral experience of your life! Perform with some of the world’s finest opera singers and work with renowned Stage Directors, Conductors and our own Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra at the beautiful Jubilee Auditorium.” says Sandy.

Soloists are brought in only occasionally to sing certain roles, however, the chorus has the critical responsibility of providing the continuity and ensemble that all successful productions need. “The heart and soul of Calgary Opera is its chorus” says W.R. (Bob) McPhee C.M., Calgary Opera General Director and CEO.


  • Be able to sing, learn music and have a passion for being on stage
  • Sing at a live audition where a pianist will be provided (auditions last no more than 10 minutes)
  • Bring the notes to your song so your pianist can accompany you
  • Sing one aria or song in any language


A “Super” is the equivalent of an “Extra” in the movie world. It is an acting role without any dialogue or singing involved. If you are a budding actor wanting more stage experience this is the perfect opportunity for you. Or even if you are simply looking to spend time on stage surrounded by wonderful singers and music, please contact Taras Kulish (contact information below). We are always looking for interested and able bodied men, women and children to be Supers.

MAY 16, 17 & 18, 2016 FROM 6PM TO 9:30PM

Taras Kulish, Director of Artistic Operations
Calgary Opera

Time Commitment for Chorus Members

Chorus members are required to attend music rehearsals for 4 or 5 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 3 weeks leading up to mainstage productions.

The time commitment for Supers varies with each production. In general, Supers must be available:

  • 5 weeks before opening night: 2 to 3 evenings per week for staging rehearsals
  • Tech week (the week before the production opens): every evening at the Jubilee Auditorium
  • The performances: must be available to attend all performances


Chorus members & Supers are paid a small honorarium and are offered some complimentary tickets to either the dress rehearsal or the Wednesday performance of the production they are in.