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.

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

Corporate Support

Calgary Opera's Ariadne auf Naxos. Photo by Trudie Lee.

Why Opera?

Opera is the grandest of all art forms. Opera is powerful, emotional, immediate and larger-than-life. It deals with timeless mythology and the eternal struggles and joys of human nature. Opera is the grandest of all art forms including live music, drama, movement, extravagant sets, costumes, and stage effects.

Calgary Opera's key supporters

Season Sponsor

Premier billing on all season materials such as brochures, posters, show programs, newsletters
Hosting opportunities throughout the season
Priority ticketing services
Acknowledgement on surtitles at all performances
Acknowledgement from the stage at all performances

Season Sponsorships ($100,000)

2014-15 Season Sponsor

Husky Energy

Mainstage Media Sponsor

Calgary Herald

Education Sponsor

Talisman Energy

Community Outreach Sponsor

Cenovus Energy

Emerging Artist Development Program

RBC Foundation

Production Sponsor

Hosting opportunities at sponsored production
Billing on all materials relating to sponsored production
Priority ticketing services for sponsored production
Acknowledgement on surtitles at sponsored performances
Acknowledgement from the stage at sponsored performances
This is a sponsorship of the run of a production (3 performances)

Current Production Sponsors

BMO Financial Group

Production Sponsorship $30,000 - $45,000
Performance Sponsorships ($12,500)

Commemorative Engagement for Silent Night


Let’s Create An Opera ($25,000)


Student Dress Rehearsal Program ($20,000)


Calgary Opera Chorus ($25,000)


Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra at Calgary Opera ($50,000)


Opera Surtitles

Sun Life Financial

Pre-Show Chats


Calgary Opera Brunch Series

McLeod Law LLP

Opera for All ($1,000 - $5,000 packages available)

PCL Construction Leaders

Teacher Study Guide ($5,000)


Impresario Circle Sponsorships

Kensington Wine Market
Peaseblossoms Flowers & Stuff

Opera in the Village Presenting Sponsor

Imperial Oil

Opera in the Village Site Partner

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation

Opera in the Village Founding Sponsors

embassy BOSA
Big Rock Brewery