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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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. 

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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.

Contact Us

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

1914 The Great War

Silent Night Photo by Michal Daniel Photography

A series of events and lectures commemorating the 100th Anniversary of WWI designed to HONOUR AND INFORM

To register or for further information, visit: themilitarymuseums.ca or calgaryopera.com

Unless otherwise indicated all events take place at The Military Museums, 4520 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary

Schedule of Events

OCTOBER 16 | 6 PM RECEPTION · 7 PM PRESENTATION
Ukrainian Internment – Linda Gerhardt speaks about a little known dark period in Canadian history when 4000 Ukrainians had their property confiscated and were forced to work in internment camps across the nation, four of which were in the Canadian Rockies.


OCTOBER 23 | 6 PM RECEPTION · 7 PM PRESENTATION
Aboriginal Involvement – Despite access to exemption status, an estimated 3,500 aboriginal people served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI. James Dempsey (University of Alberta) examines the reasons for enlistment, the government’s response, and the post-war experiences of returning veterans.


OCTOBER 30 | 7 PM
Music of the Great War – Hear a lively presentation about society, art, and cultural influences on music during WWI.


NOVEMBER 5 | 7 PM
Pride, Pomp and Circumstance – A recital featuring musical selections from the time of The Great War.
ARRATA OPERA CENTRE, 1315 7 STREET SW, CALGARY

*Attendees of this event are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Calgary Veterans Food Bank. There will be a Calgary Veterans Food Bank collection bin on site at the event.


NOVEMBER 7 | 7 PM PRESENTATION · 8 PM RECEPTION
A Taste of the Opera – Hear a presentation about the making of the Pulitzer Prize winning opera Silent Night.. Reception following the presentation.
ARRATA OPERA CENTRE, 1315 7 STREET SW, CALGARY
Tickets $25 available at www.calgaryopera.com


NOVEMBER 8 | 3 PM
1914 Calgary – What were your grandparents, or great grandparents, doing during WWI? Local historian Harry Sanders aka “Harry the Historian” presents a family-oriented talk about the role of Calgary families during WWI that includes a peek into what our city looked like 100 years ago.
ARRATA OPERA CENTRE, 1315 7 STREET SW, CALGARY Refreshments available

Past Events

SEPTEMBER 9 | 7 PM
A special screening of the classic film All Quiet on the Western Front. One of the first sound films, the Universal Picture was an epic production that took home Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director of 1930.
In collaboration with the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF)
ARRATA OPERA CENTRE, 1315 7 STREET SW, CALGARY

SEPTEMBER 18 | 6 PM RECEPTION · 7 PM PRESENTATION
Wild Rose Overseas: Albertans in the Great War
Rory Cory, Senior Curator at The Military Museums, will deliver a photo essay related to his exhibit, Wild Rose Overseas: Albertans in the Great War, which will be in The Founders’ Gallery from 28 July - mid-December.

SEPTEMBER 25 | FULL-DAY EVENT (includes lunch)
A WWI Symposium – a full day of lectures and presentations on WWI, with a focus on the artifacts and archival material of the time. Add on: register for a dinner function with a keynote speaker. For further information please visit www.themilitarymuseums.ca
A partnership between The Military Museums and the University of Calgary

OCTOBER 2 | 6 PM RECEPTION · 7 PM PRESENTATION
Crisis of Conscience: Conscientious Objection in Canada during the First World War – Guest speaker Amy Shaw (University of Lethbridge) explores WWI as an early example of the recognition of the rights of ethnic and religious groups, which would later become an important part of Canada’s rights and statutes legislation.

OCTOBER 9 | 6 PM RECEPTION · 7 PM PRESENTATION
Conscription Crisis – Patrick Brennan (U of C) speaks about the great unrest, violence and bloodshed in French Canada caused by the issue of military service. The issue was so volatile that Wilfrid Laurier, then leader of the opposition, believed conscription would tear the country apart.

Where & When

nov 05
7:00PM Tickets

Pride, Pomp, and Circumstance

Arrata Opera Centre
nov 07
7:00PM Tickets

A Taste of the Opera: The Making of Silent Night

Arrata Opera Centre
nov 08
3:00PM Tickets

1914 Calgary

Arrata Opera Centre