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)

Let's Create an Opera

Let’s Create an Opera has been successfully teaching children about the process of opera creation for over 10 years. For the school involved it is a full year of creative and engaging team work towards a final product, a completely original opera.

This year, Let's Create an Opera will be in the following schools:

Guy Weadick Elementary

Erin Woods Elementary

St. Sylvester Elementary

New program Making Music with Calgary Opera school is:

Sunnyside Elementary

If you would like your school to be considered for this great program, please contact:

Olga Primak, Education Coordinator

Calgary Opera will provide your school with:

  • The application deadline for the following school year is December 1
  • Program introduction for teachers with guidance on integrating activities into the classroom and curriculum
  • An opera education presentation for the whole school including vocal demonstrations by Calgary Opera Emerging Artists
  • A playwright to collaborate with students on writing the opera's libretto
  • A composer to work with your music teacher and students to create the score
  • A stage director to guide your students in staging the final performance
  • A lighting and sound kit for use during your production, and a great rate on one of our technicians to operate the equipment
  • Discounted tickets for students at only $12.00 per student to attend a Calgary Opera dress rehearsal

“The Let’s Create an Opera program is an amazing opportunity for our students and staff to experience a genre of music that is often less accessible in our small community,” says teacher and program participant Tashina Hanrath. “The students are thrilled to be creating something that they had previously attributed only to experts or historical arts and are looking at opera in a whole new way. We integrated our opera experience into our AISI project, using the arts to further unlock reading comprehension and literature for our students. As each part of this process unfolds, my excitement to see the next step increases.”