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)

Donor Memberships

Impresario Circle Members and Friends of Calgary Opera receive membership benefits that enhance their opera experience by providing opportunities to connect with fellow donors and opera enthusiasts through engaging social events, as well as providing backstage access through tours, open houses, and opportunities to watch an opera from the wings and the orchestra pit, among others.

Friends of Calgary Opera (donors $100 - $1,249) and Impresario Circle Members ($1,250+) also receive a 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. 

Membership Level and Benefits

SUPPORTING FRIEND $100 - $249

  • Behind the Scenes backstage tour of each mainstage production.*
  • Recognition in the season programs as a supporter of Calgary Opera.
  • A charitable tax receipt for the maximum amount allowable under CRA guidelines.

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

CORE IMPRESARIO $1,250 - $1,799

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • VIP service at Calgary Opera mainstage performances – including free preferred parking, access to the Impresario Circle Lounge before the performance and during intermission, complimentary coat check, and tickets to Opening Night receptions if you are attending opening night performances (Saturdays).
  • Front-of-the-line personalized ticket service for all Calgary Opera performances and events.
  • Two complimentary tickets to all mainstage dress rehearsals.*
  • Invitation to attend Calgary Opera’s AGM as a voting member.
  • Invitation to attend two Impresario Circle Soirées.
  • Opportunity to attend a staging rehearsal for one production.*

BRONZE IMPRESARIO $1,800 - $2,749

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • Reciprocal VIP benefits at participating Canadian opera companies.
  • Opportunity to attend a staging rehearsal for two productions.*
  • Opportunity to sit in an Emerging Artist rehearsal or coaching session.*
  •  Opportunity to sit in a Let’s Create an Opera school performance.*

SILVER IMPRESARIO $2,750 - $4,999

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • Special invitation to a sitzprobe (rehearsal with orchestra and cast).*
  • Opportunity to attend a staging rehearsal for all three mainstage operas.*
  • Opportunity to sit in the orchestra pit for one act of an opera.*
  • Exclusive invitation for two to the Silver Dinner.

GOLD IMPRESARIO $5,000 - $9,999

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • An exclusive invitation for two to the intimate Chair’s Dinner.
  • Opportunity to watch one act of a mainstage opera from the wings.*

PLATINUM IMPRESARIO $10,000+

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • Reserved Front Door parking at all Calgary Opera performances at the Jubilee Auditorium.
  • Honorary naming opportunities.

*Upon request, based on availability