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.

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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. 

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Ambur Braid & Adam Luther in The Magic Flute (Photo by Trudie Lee)

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Erin Armstrong in Calgary Opera's The Brothers Grimm. Photo by Alex Bonyun.

ENGLISH / FRENCH

THE DEADLINE FOR THE 2017-2018 EMERGING ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IS OCTOBER 15TH. 

Links to the application form(s) below:

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The Emerging Artist Development Program provides up to eight young singers with the opportunity to study and perform under a highly prestigious staff of teachers and performers. The Emerging Artist Development Program is intended to benefit Canadian singers who have completed advanced or graduate-level training at a music school, conservatory or university opera program.  It serves as a bridge between academic programs and the professional world of opera, offering the experience and practical skills necessary to become a self-employed professional in a highly competitive international environment.

Interaction between visiting artists, a resident faculty, and the Emerging Artists is an integral professional training function throughout the eight-month-long (October to May) program.

AUDITION DATES:

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - Vancouver
Sunday, November 27, 2016 - Calgary
Monday, November 28 - Toronto
Tuesday, November 29- Toronto
Wednesday, November 30 - Montreal

Special classes which focus on topics such as audition techniques, career promotion, public relations / marketing, media skills and agent representation are conducted by the staff and management of Calgary Opera along with other experts in the field. The focus of the training culminates in fully staged public productions with orchestra of one-act operas presented in the intimate setting of the Mamdani Opera Centre and tailored to the Emerging Artists.

Emerging Artists perform in a fully staged public production with orchestra. Past seasons have included Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, Handel’s Ariodante, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges and L’heure espagnole.

Based on level of ability, Emerging Artists are assigned suitable supporting and cover roles in Calgary Opera main-stage productions. Additional performance experience includes an Opera in Schools tour, recitals, and community outreach events.

Additional performance experience includes principal roles in Opera in Schools tours, study/cover assignments in mainstage productions, recitals, and community outreach events.
Please contact: 

Mel Kirby
Emerging Artist Development Program Coordinator
mkirby@calgaryopera.com
Deadline is October 15, 2016

PARTICIPANTS BECOME MEMBERS OF AND RECEIVE REMUNERATION AS CONTRACTED MEMBERS OF CANADIAN ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION.