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. 

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

All main stage productions of Calgary Opera are held at Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (1415 - 14 Avenue NW).  Performance times for Saturday, Friday and Wednesday evenings is at 7:30 pm promptly.

What Should I Wear?  There is no dress code - wear what you feel comfortable in going out on a night on the town!

Where Can I Park?  Parking is available through Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium at a cost between $7.00 and $11.00.

What Time Should I Arrive?  It is appropriate to arrive one hour prior to performance time (6:30 pm).  Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.  Latecomers following the first overture of the production will not be admitted.

I'd Rather Not Drive.  Is There Public Transportation?  Yes, you can access Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium via the CTrain, which stops at Jubilee Auditorium.

What Happens If I Am Late?  Latecomers will be let in until the ending of the Overture of the production, which is approximately 5 - 7 minutes after the performance has begun.  After the Overture has been played, latecomers will not be admitted until after the first Intermission.

What Services Are There For Persons With Disabilities or Reduced Mobility?  If you can, please try to alert Calgary Opera if you need assistance prior to the performance, so that we may make arrangements with the Front of House Staff at Jubilee Auditorium to assist you.  The Auditorium does have wheelchair access and capabilities, however we do not supply wheelchairs, but can provide assistance.

Are Children Allowed at the Opera?  It depends on what the Opera's content is - generally we recommend that children under 5 would be hard pressed to sit through an entire opera - but this depends on the child.  Some operas do not have content that would be appropriate for younger children.

How Long Does the Opera Last?  Operas are generally 3 hours in total, with an intermission in between.  Check our website for each production running time, or visit the onsite Box Office at Jubilee Auditorium to check for running times.

Are There Discounts Available?  Student discounts (Full-Time Students only, with valid student I.D. required) are available, as well as Student Rush Tickets (Full-Time Students only, with valid student I.D. required) available at the Jubilee Auditorium Box Office on the evening of the performances, at 1 hour prior to the performance time ( (through www.liverush.ca).  As a Student, you may also take a chance 15 minutes prior to the performance (7:15 pm) at the Jubilee Auditorium Box Office to see if some

Oh No!  I've Lost My Tickets!  Don't worry - we have a record of your purchase in our system and are able to print the tickets off again for you when you arrive at Jubilee Auditorium.  It's always best to carry your email receipt with you just in case so that you have a record of your account number and we can do it quickly if you are running late.

Where Can I Stay If I'm From Out-Of-Town, Or Just Want A Staycation? We have partnered with the Farimont Palliser, who've given Calgary Opera ticket holders a special rate. To find out more, or to book your room, click HERE.