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. 


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

Calgary Opera Capital Campaign

Calgary Opera is raising $32.5 million for a new administrative and rehearsal home as well as sustaining funds for our new works, emerging artists and festival programs.

Our new facility will become a cultural resource for our community.

Located on land provided by the Calgary Stampede as part of their new Youth Campus development, the Opera Centre will be designed and built as a multi-purpose building with rehearsal halls, studios, performance space, administrative offices and production space accommodating  with our Youth Campus partners and the community.

This exciting vision will enhance our city’s arts and cultural sector and promote new opportunities for the development of local talent and enhance civic pride.

A partnership between Calgary Stampede and Calgary Opera has been approved by both Boards with a memo of understanding in place $2.75 million has been raised by Calgary Opera to date. The project has been recommended for $7.5 million from the City of Calgary.

Campaign Status

Our campaign is currently in the quiet, preparation phase.

Campaign Co-Chairs

Monica Sloan                      
Capital Campaign Co-Chair




Marilyn Milavsky
Capital Campaign Co-Chair




John Beck
Capital Campaign Co-Chair




Leadership Gift Division Co-chairs

•              Evan Hazell

•              Jackie Pyke


•              Ruth Ramsden-Wood

•              Tim Hamilton

•              Jim Stanford