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.

2015 Opera Gala Tickets are Now On-Sale 2015 Opera Gala - Go behind-the-scenes on the set of Carmen and be transported to the streets of Seville and enjoy an elegant dining experience in a transformed lobby of the Jubilee Auditorium.

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 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



Canada's ONLY outdoor summer festival! We require hundreds of volunteers to make this festival a success. Whether you enjoy greeting guests, helping with parking, or even dressing up and animating our site, there is a job for everyone! Apply to be a volunteer today by clicking the link below! 


If you are have issues or questions about our online sign-up, please contact Taryn Craig - 403-802-3415 or


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.