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.

Carmen Photo by Trudie Lee

We thrive with your support.

Ticket sales cover about 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. 


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.

 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


Jessica Strong works with John Fanning in a masterclass with the Emerging Artist Development Program. Photo by Alex Bonyun.


The current Emerging Artist Development Program 2015-2016 extends from October through April and is coordinated with the three main-stage productions of the Calgary Opera season, LakméDie tote Stadt, and The Magic Flute. Emerging Artist participants are cast in Supporting and Bit roles as well as cover roles throughout the season, based upon their skill level and experience.

The Christmas at the Opera Showcase in December will feature all of the Emerging Artists in a fully staged version of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilegès (The Enchanted Child) and a ‘second act’ melange of Christmas Carols. It will be directed by Rob Herriot, with chamber orchestra conducted by Resident Conductor, Christopher Mokrzewski in the intimate setting of the Calgary Opera Centre Rehearsal Hall.

Emerging Artists have opportunities for individual and group contact with main-stage guest artists including visiting directors, Tom Diamond, Kelly Robinson, and Rob Herriot; conductors Gordon Gerrard, Bramwell Tovey, and Robert Tweten; and singers Aline Kutan, Lyne Fortin, Shannon Mercer, David Pomeroy, Brett Polegato, and Valerian Ruminski.

Resident Voice Teacher, Dawn Johnson and Resident Conductor, Repetiteur and Principal Coach, Christopher Mokrzewski provide a continuity of vocal development throughout the program season in addition to eminent Canadian Voice Teacher and Soprano, Tracy Dahl who is Guest Voice Instructor for several week-long residencies.

Resident Instructors in other performance development areas include Grant Reddick (Acting, Text and Speech), Tara Blue (Yoga and Movement), and Dr. S. Joseph Warshawski, Otolaryngologist (Vocal Care and Health Consultant),  

Confirmed guest teachers and coaches for 2015-2016 include Michael McMahon, Peter Tiefenbach, Nancy Argenta, Kinza Tyrrell, and Gordon Gerrard.

Participants receive career counseling throughout the season in marketing, publicity, presentation, effective audition practices, exposure to prospective agents and prepare a marketing package.