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.

Silent Night - November 8, 12, 14. Photo by Michal Daniel Photography

We thrive with your support.

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. 


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. 

Madame Butterfly (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

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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 download the Volunteer form below and send it in to our Volunteer Coordinator, Taryn Craig.

Taryn Craig
Mail: 1315 - 7 Street SW Calgary, AB T2R 1A5 
Fax: 403-263-5428

Opera Volunteer Form 



Casino – Casinos are held approximately every 18 months and span over a two day period. No experience necessary. Casinos are an excellent way to meet new people. Approximately 13 people are required for each day/night at the casino hall so you’ll never be working alone.

A Taste of the Opera - We require wine pouring and assistance with set up/strike.


Boutique – (Jubilee Auditorium) The boutique has CDs, DVDs, opera glasses, hats, T-shirts, bags, etc.. It is in operation during opera productions. Volunteers will assist with set-up, sales and strike.

Performer Chauffeur – Singers, conductors and directors come from across Canada and around the world to put together a Calgary Opera performance. Volunteers will chauffeur artists from Calgary International Airport to their respective hotels and act as ambassadors of Calgary Opera.

Greeters – to be available to the audience to hand out programs and answer general questions i.e. where are the washrooms, what time does the opera pre-show chat start.

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 - Answer telephone on Wednesday mornings during staff meetings.

Mail outs - Stuff envelopes with season subscription materials.