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.

Calgary Opera's world premiere of The Inventor. Photo by Trudie Lee.

We thrive with your support.

Ticket sales cover about half 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. 

DONATE NOW »

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. 

Contact Us

Arrata Opera Centre
1315 - 7 Street SW
Calgary, AB T2R 1A5
Phone: 403-262-7286

Let's Create an Opera

University Elementary School students

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 season's schools have completed their librettos and are beginning the proccess of composing the music.  They are:

Belfast Elementary- Chivalry; by Col Cseke and students

Queen Elizabeth Elementary - The Moon Between : A Space Opera, by Neil Fleming and students

Evergreen School - Shipwreck; by Aaron Coates and students


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

Emily Forrest, Education Coordinator
eforrest@calgaryopera.com
403-802-3404

Calgary Opera will provide your school with:

  • 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
  • Complimentary tickets for your Grade 5 and 6 students 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.”