Students from Hillhurst School creating Doppel during Let's Create an Opera

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 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, the Opera in Schools Tour that brings one-act operas into schools performed by Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists, and Allegro Group for those opera lovers (or soon to be opera lovers) under 35. 

Thank you to Repsol and TD for believing that arts can make a positive difference to the lives of young people. We thank them for their generous support of our community programs. 

2015-16 Emerging Artists (Photo by Bookstrucker Photography)

Discover everything you need to know about opera, and Calgary Opera.

This section will teach you everything you need to know about Calgary opera, and opera - from buying a ticket to shouting Bravo! at the end of the performance, and everything in-between. You can also discover our Emerging Artist Development Program. Each season, Calgary Opera 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 less than 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. 

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Ambur Braid & Adam Luther in The Magic Flute (Photo by Trudie Lee)

Friends of Calgary Opera

Calgary Opera’s community initiatives are fuelled by the support of people like you, who believe that investing in the arts means investing in a better community. The Friends of Calgary Opera membership program recognizes that all gifts are important, large or small, and that the annual fund supporting Calgary Opera programming and community activities, keeps opera thriving in our city.

Music consoles and uplifts us, helps connect us to our friends and neighbours, and inspires us to be better people. Calgary Opera programs, like Let’s Create an Opera and the Opera in Schools tour, enrich the lives of tens of thousands of students and community members every year with the help of donors like you.

Please consider becoming a Friend of Calgary Opera today to help ensure that Opera remains a vibrant and essential part of our community. For more information or to join the Impresario email friends@calgaryopera.com or phone Shevonne Brodeur (Development Manager) at 403-802-3409.


Membership Level and Benefits

SUPPORTING FRIEND $100 - $249

  • Membership card that recognizes you as a Friend of Calgary Opera donor that gives you a 10% discount on extra single tickets to mainstage performances & Calgary Opera merchandise, and a discount at participating Calgary Opera partner establishments such as Kensington Wine Market and Peaseblossoms Flowers.
  • Behind the Scenes backstage tour of each mainstage production.*

CONTRIBUTING FRIEND $250 - $499

  • All of the above benefits, plus:
  • Two tickets to one mainstage dress rehearsal of your choice.
  • Advanced opportunity to purchase single tickets two weeks before they go on sale to the public.

SUSTAINING FRIEND $500 - $1,249

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • Opportunity for two to attend a working rehearsal of one production.*
  • Invitation to attend one Impresario Circle Soirée cocktail reception.

*Upon request, based on availability