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. 


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

School Tours

Join Hansel and Gretel as they venture out one day to pick strawberries and find themselves in the clutches of the wicked witch of the gingerbread house. Will they be able to defeat her and get home to their father? Hansel and Gretel is a brand new production created, adapted and directed by Aaron Coates with a set designed by well-known nationally respected and Calgary-based Scott Reid, who has designed opera and theatre productions across Canada, and who is also creating the set for the February 2014 mainstage production of The Flying Dutchman.

Performances will have an element of audience involvement, and features such famous musical numbers such as the Evening Prayer ("When at night I go to sleep…"), the Witch’s Broomstick Ride ("Now hop, hop, hop....") and the duet Brother Come and Dance with Me, wherein Gretel tries to teach Hansel to dance.

The 2014 Opera in Schools tour is now completely sold-out! The tour will reach as far as Airdrie, Bassano, Medicine Hat, Brooks, Rosemary, Gem, Innisfail, and Penhold, as well as performances in several schools in Calgary, and a special performance at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. By the end of the tour Hansel and Gretel will have been presented to over 15,000 audience members.

Hansel and Gretel

2014 School Tour takes place through February - March 2014
Public performance at the Arrata Opera Centre:
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 3pm. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.


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

Emily Forrest, Education Coordinator
Or click to download the information sheet

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:

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


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Courtney Murias & Laura McLean as Hansel & Gretel.
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Julie Ludwig, Alexandra Beley and Tyler Fitzgerald in Hansel & Gretel.
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Tonatiuh Abrego as the witch in Hansel & Gretel.
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Julie Ludwig & Alexandra Beley in Hansel & Gretel
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Courtney Murias, Matthew Johnson and Laura McLean in Hansel & Gretel.

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