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.

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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.

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. 

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

Contact Us

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

2014-2015 Season

The 2014-15 Calgary Opera main stage season is highlighted by a Canadian premiere, a new production of a familiar favourite, and a traditional masterpiece.

After an expanded two-week Summer Opera Festival featuring Leonard Bernstein’s comic masterpiece Candide, we will move back inside for the 2014-15 main stage season. It includes a Pulitzer Prize winning Canadian premiere and two famous and beloved classics. This larger-than-life season invites Calgarians to experience the intense passions and emotions of fascinating characters caught in extreme situations.

Silent Night 

Sung in English, German, French, Italian and Latin with English translations projected above the stage

November 8, 12 & 14, 2014 

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Calgary Opera opens the 2014-15 main stage season with the Canadian premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning opera Silent Night by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell. Calgary Opera joins many other groups in commemorating the centenary of the start of WWI with this opera that was inspired by true events. It tells the story of a spontaneous truce on Christmas Eve 1914 when combatant troops laid down their weapons to celebrate the holiday together and bury their dead. It is moving. It is dramatic. It is a glimpse of humanity in the bloodiest of times.

A stellar cast includes Sally Dibblee as Anna Sorenson, Roger Honeywell as Nikolaus Sprink, Brett Polegato as Lt. Audebert, Daniel Okulitch as Lt. Horstmayer and James Westman as Lt. Gordon. The production is conducted by Joseph Mechavich and directed by David Gately. Silent Night premiered in 2011 in Minnesota to critical acclaim, sold-out performances and standing ovations for the entirety of its run.

Silent Night is sponsored by BMO Financial Group.

The Marriage of Figaro 


Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage

January 31, February 4 & 6, 2015 

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In late January we present one of Mozart’s most popular operas – The Marriage of Figaro. Through a story of danger and disguise, naivety and resignation, this comic opera features beautifully crafted arias and a brilliant use of ensemble. Considered one of the great operatic masterpieces, The Marriage of Figaro is grand opera at its best.

The cast features Lyne Fortin as Countess Almaviva, Etienne Dupuis as Count Almaviva, Marianne Fiset as Susanna, Josef Wagner as Figaro, and Krisztina Szabo as Cherubino. Conducting this production is Bob Tweten, with stage direction by Brent Krysa. The Marriage of Figaro is sung in Italian. It was last performed at Calgary Opera in 2001 to near capacity crowds. This new co-production will feature a new design by prominent Canadian designer Cameron Porteous, who is best known for his work at the Shaw Festival.


Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage.

April 18, 22 & 24, 2015

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As the final mainstage production of the season, Calgary Opera presents an eternal audience favourite – Bizet’s Carmen – a sensational story of seduction, jealousy and deceit. Featuring some of the most recognizable music in opera, Carmen exposes the passions and weaknesses of a fiery gypsy, a naïve soldier, a faithful village girl, and a famous toreador.

This production features a wonderful cast including Sandra Piques Eddy as Carmen, Antoine Belanger as Don Jose, Gregory Dahl as Escamillo, and Jessica Strong as Micaela. Conducted by Timothy Vernon, with stage direction by Alain Gauthier.

Carmen is sponsored by Nexen, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC.

Where & When

nov 08

Silent Night

Jubilee Auditorium
jan 31

The Marriage of Figaro

Jubilee Auditorium
apr 18


Jubilee Auditorium