Meet the opera stars of tomorrow

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.

We thrive with your support.

Ticket sales cover about 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. 


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. 

The Canadian premiere of Silent Night (2014). Photo by Trudie Lee. The Canadian premiere of Silent Night (2014). Photo by Trudie Lee.

Contact Us

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

Volunteer for Calgary Opera

Be Part of the Magic with Calgary Opera

We can't do what we do without you!  If you'd like to meet fascinating, culturally-minded and diverse people, volunteer at the opera!  We are looking for help all year round in a wide variety of positions and capacities.  We offer many enticing incentives including free dress rehearsal tickets, volunteer appreciation receptions as well as discounted single tickets to all of our productions.  Please contact Taryn Craig, volunteer coordinator for more details: 

Taryn Craig
In person: 1315 - 7 Street SW Calgary, AB 
Phone: 403-802-3415



Get Involved with Opera in the Village presented by Imperial! Enjoy a summer afternoon or evening on the banks of the Bow River in East Village where the RiverWalk™ Plaza will be alive with entertainment and will host our production of The Mikado. Join our team of over 250 volunteers to help make this festival spectacular!

August 12th - 16th & 19th - 22nd

East Village RiverWalk™ Plaza - 618 Confluence Way SE

- Weekday Evenings (variety of times)
- Weekend Full Days (variety of times)

*Follow the sign-up link below to view more detailed shift times*

- Ushering/Ticket Taking
- Entrance Greeters
- Green Events monitoring
- Bartending
- Selling Drink Tickets
- Plus MUCH more!


*If you're experiencing issues with our online sign-up, please contact Taryn Craig, or call 403-802-3415*

PLEASE NOTE: There is no minimum volunteer time commitment required for this festival. You are not required to sign up for every day. Just whatever works for you!

Dates: July 29th, 30th, August 5th, 6th
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: East Village Experience Centre - 553 Riverfront Ave SE

Sign up for 1 – 2 Shifts:
-  1 Dress rehearsal ticket to The Mikado OR 2 dress rehearsal tickets for another production in our 2015/2016 season

Sign up for 3+ Shifts:
- 1 Dress rehearsal ticket to The Mikado AND 2 dress rehearsal tickets for another production in our 2015/2016 season

All volunteers:
- 20% off regular priced Opera in the Village tickets
- PLUS meet like-minded, arts and cultural supporters while being part of the vibrant team!

Contact Taryn Craig, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information:

Taryn Craig
In person: 1315 - 7 Street SW Calgary, AB 
Phone: 403-802-3415

If you've already registered in our volunteer website:



DATES: July 30th & 31st
LOCATION: Elbow River Casino
DAY SHIFTS: 11:00am - 7:15pm
NIGHT SHIFTS: 6:45pm - 3:15am OR 10:45pm - 3:15am

We need your help for our upcoming Casino! No experience is necessary to help out for these dates as positions are very straight forward. It's very important that we fill all the required positions for both days! Casinos are an excellent way to spend time with new like-minded people and support Calgary Opera as well. 



Throughout our season, we play host to a multitude of special events. All our events require the help of volunteers to make them a success! Depending on the time of year, we host events such as Taste of the Opera, Soirees, annual fundraisers including California Wine Fair, and others associated with our main stage productions. 


Opera Shop  – (Jubilee Auditorium) The Opera Shop has CDs, DVDs, opera binoculars, hats, T-shirts, bags, etc. for sale during each Opera. We require volunteers to provide excellent customer service and assist with the sales of athe merchandise. 

Greeters – to be available to the audience to hand out programs and answer general questions from our patrons. We want our guests to feel welcome from the moment they arrive.

Backstage Caterers – Bake your favorite treats for the singers and musicians of the opera production and work backstage during a production or dress rehearsal. Meet the singers, conductors, musicians and directors in the production. Volunteers provide snacks for performers and crew backstage and provide catering assistance where necessary.


Weekly front office coverage - During our weekly staff meetings, we need 1 volunteer to answer our office phones.

Mail outs - Atleast twice a year, we require a full team of volunteers to assist with large mail-outs. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, catch the first glimpse of upcoming performances, and maybe hear a bit of rehearsals in the background.

Performer Chauffeur – Singers, conductors and directors come from across Canada and around the world to put together a Calgary Opera performance. We require volunteers to chauffeur artists from Calgary International Airport to their respective hotels and act as ambassadors of Calgary Opera. A car is required for this position as well as valid insurance.