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)

School Tours

The Magic Flute 2015-16 School Tour (The Magic Flute) featuring David Diston, Andrea Núñez and Melissa Peiou


Written and adapted by Rob Herriot
from operas by Gioacchino Rossini and Jules Massenet

Performing across northern Alberta February 22 to March 23. 

An adaptation by Rob Herriot of two operas; Gioacchino Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon. Cinderella is a perfect introduction to opera for students.  Read the Study Guide.

Both Gioacchino Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon are based on the fairy tale Cinderella. Cinderella has appeared as a legend or folk tale in various forms and in various cultures, dating as far back as 860 AD in China where it was known as the story of Yeh-Shen. There are several English versions, a French version and even an Egyptian version. 

Some say that the roots of the story lie in early legends which attempt to explain the natural phenomenon of night becoming day. Cinderella is seen as DAWN. She is bowed down by her cruel relations (signifying the shadows of the NIGHT) and is delivered from them by the Prince (signifying the SUN).

Download or read the Cinderella Study Guide for students and teachers.

If you're interested in more information on our Opera in Schools tour, contact:

Emily Forrest, Education Coordinator

Cenovus makes a positive difference in communities where they live and work. We thank them for helping us take opera productions to schools and communities throughout the province.

School Tours sponsored by:

  • Community Outreach Sponsor Cenovus logo
  • Emerging Artist Development Program Enbridge logo

Where & When

feb 23

Across Alberta