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. 

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 Toi Toi Toi! 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.

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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)


Sat / feb 04 : 7:30PM
Wed / feb 08 : 7:30PM
Fri / feb 10 : 7:30PM


Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
1415 14th Ave. NW


by John Estacio and John Murrell

Discover Herstory

Discover Filumena by John Estacio and John Murrell, February 4th, 8th and 10th. 

We hope you enjoyed the performances!

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, we invite you to get swept up in this true story of bootlegging, murder and an execution in the Crownest Pass during prohibition in the 1920's.  Read the rave reviews in the Calgary Herald and The Globe and Mail!

Filumena premiered in 2003 and was a co-commissioned production by Calgary Opera and The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. It is the most produced Canadian grand opera in history, and has received great acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

The production stars Lida Szkwarek as Filumena, Gregory Dahl as Emilio Picariello, Elizabeth Turnbull as Maria Picariello, Andrew Love as Charlie Losandro, Thomas Glenn as McAlpine and Ernesto Ramírez as Steve. Filumena is conducted by Robert Dean with stage direction by Kelly Robinson

Read the background on Filumena in our Study Guide.

Production Run Times

Act I: 1 hour, 13 mins
Act II: 54 mins



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The Cast