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nov 06
Sunday Opera Brunch
Sunday Opera Brunch - Die Fledermaus
nov 18
Taste of the Opera
Taste of the Opera - Die Fledermaus
jan 22
Sunday Opera Brunch
Sunday Opera Brunch - Filumena
feb 03
Taste of the Opera
Taste of the Opera - Filumena
mar 19
Sunday Opera Brunch
Sunday Opera Brunch - Turandot
mar 31
Taste of the Opera
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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.

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. 


2015-16 Emerging Artists in The Magic Flute

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.

 Repsol 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. 

The Canadian premiere of Silent Night (2014). Photo by Trudie Lee. The Canadian premiere of Silent Night (2014). Photo by Trudie Lee.

Contact Us

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

School Tours

The Magic Flute 2015-16 Emerging Artist's David Diston, Andrea Núñez and Melissa Peiou

The Magic Flute by Mozart

The Magic Flute, Mozart's fantasy tale of love and the triumph of virtue, is set in ancient times. A queen entices a young prince in order to free her beautiful daughter from the clutches of her priestly nemesis. 

Mozart's whimsical opera comes to life as Calgary Opera's Emerging Artist ensemble performs The Magic Flute for its 2016 Opera in Schools tour. This fantastical journey through a mythical world is an ideal 45-minute introduction to opera for young audiences. This fully-staged production with keyboard accompaniment, set and costumes, is a wonderful experience for students in Kindergarten through Grade 9.

"The Calgary Opera was kid friendly but also appealed to the adults. Their performance of The Magic Flute was exquisite. The costumes were stunning and matched the characters perfectly. The singing was on cue and the notes were perfectly hit. Each actor and actress played the part exactly right."

                              By Ashley and Rhayna (Grade 3 students)

Fun Facts 

The Magic Flute premiered on September 30, 1791 at Schikaneder's theatre, the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna. It's since went on to become one of the world's most beloved operas.

The original premiere of The Magic Flute had a cast of virtuosi and ordinary comic actors, so Mozart had to skillfully compose the score to allow for voices of different skill levels. His sister in-law, Josepha Hofer,  was the original Queen of the Night, a role known for its difficulty.

Student's Only Study Guide 

Click the image to download the Study Guide. 

If you're interested in more information on the 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

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Across Alberta