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

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. 

Madame Butterfly (2014). Photo by Trudie Lee.

Contact Us

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

So You Think You Can Sing Opera?

Think you have what it takes to be an opera star?
Here's your chance to prove it!

Apply for Calgary Opera’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SING OPERA contest -
August 23rd & 24th, 2013 - as part of OPERA IN THE VILLAGE

Chosen contestants will have a chance to perform on the Side Stage at the Festival site in East Village in front of our qualified judges.  On the second afternoon, three finalists will then be chosen to compete for the grand prize.


  • Must be 18 years or older to apply
  • Cannot have professional status such as Equity
  • Should possess a basic knowledge of the art form


1. Fill out the attached application: Click here to download the application form
2. Send in the application accompanied with:

  • A letter of intent outlining your reasons for participating in the contest
  • A resume of Curriculum Vitae
  • A video, CD or DVD (preferred) of yourself singing, maximum 3 minutes please
  • A headshot of yourself, only if submitting a CD
  • The names of two selections that you would be willing to sing, with piano accompaniment (provided) at the event - Arias are preferred but not necessary (selections should be varied)

Please note that eight applicants will be selected to sing on August 23rd at 6pm with three finalists chosen to compete for first prize on August 24th at 5:30pm


Applications may be mailed or dropped off to:

Calgary Opera
1315 – 7th St. SW
T2R 1A5


First Place:

  • 13/14 Calgary Opera seasons tickets
  • An opportunity to participate in select classes with Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist program
  • A position with the Calgary Opera Chorus for one opera production of the season
  • A trophy!

Second Place: 13/14 seasons tickets

Third Prize: 2 tickets to a Calgary Opera production of your choice

For more information please call:

Emily Forrest, Education and Community
Outreach Coordinator, Calgary Opera –

Where & When

aug 23

Side Stage - East Village Festival site
aug 24

Side Stage - East Village Festival site