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.

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)

Master Class Series

Master Class Series

Discover vocal performance insights, as masters of the craft instruct members of the Emerging Artist Development Program and participants from Calgary’s music community.  

Students at all levels, teachers, and the general public will find these classes a fascinating look at the process helping to motivate talented classical vocalists reach their full potential.

Calgary Opera will be sharing the following esteemed and internationally lauded voice teachers and repertoire coaches with the general public, while in their week-long guest residencies with our Emerging Artist Development Program.

Each masterclass session throughout the season will focus on a particular aspect.

Master Class Series 1 - ACHIEVING VOCAL EXCELLENCE

Instructed by Tracy Dahl – University of Manitoba faculty member with a career spanning the world’s opera stages.

Sunday, November 13 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at Mamdani Opera Centre

TICKETS ($20 including GST)

Master Class Series 2 - CABARET, MUSIC THEATRE & LIGHT OPERA REPERTOIRE

Instructed by Peter Tiefenbach – JUNO Award winning composer, teacher and performer.

Sunday, January 15 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at Grace Presbyterian Church

TICKETS ($20 including GST)

Master Class Series 3 - FOCUS ON OPERA REPERTOIRE

Instructed by John Churchwell – San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera coach and conductor.

Sunday, January 29 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at Mamdani Opera Centre

TICKETS ($20 including GST)

Master Class Series 4 - ORATORIO REPERTOIRE

Instructed by Nancy Argenta – Victoria Conservatory faculty member and acclaimed soloist as the leading Handel soprano of her time.

Sunday, April 2 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at Mamdani Opera Centre

TICKETS ($20 including GST)

Where & When

nov 13
2:00PM

ACHIEVING VOCAL EXCELLENCE

Mamdani Opera Centre, 1315 7 St SW
jan 15
2:00PM

CABARET, MUSIC THEATRE & LIGHT OPERA REPERTOIRE

Grace Presbyterian Church, 1009 – 15 Avenue SW
jan 29
2:00PM

FOCUS ON OPERA REPERTOIRE

Mamdani Opera Centre, 1315 7 St SW
apr 02
2:00PM Tickets

ORATORIO REPERTOIRE

Mamdani Opera Centre, 1315 7 St SW