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.

Silent Night - November 8, 12, 14. Photo by Michal Daniel Photography

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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. 

Madame Butterfly (2014). Photo by Trudie Lee.

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Arrata Opera Centre
1315 - 7 Street SW
Calgary, AB T2R 1A5
Phone: 403-262-7286
info@calgaryopera.com

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

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2015-2016 EMERGING ARTIST PROGRAM

Click here to apply to the 2015-2016 Emerging Artist Program*

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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.

AUDITIONS TAKE PLACE IN NOVEMBER / DECEMBER

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 Arrata 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
403.802.3405

For Information on applications and deadlines.

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