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

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

Bob McPhee Grand Salute


Join us for a star-studded Grand Salute to Bob McPhee

Save the date of Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Jack Singer Concert Hall - Arts Commons

Celebrate with Calgary Opera, Calgary Opera Chorus, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and a star-studded cast of Canada's foremost opera performers, as we pay tribute to W.R. (Bob) McPhee, C.M., LLD (Hon) on his retirement, and new role as Special Advisor.

Honourary Chairs
Arlene Strom and Colin Jackson 

Rob Herriot and John Estacio - Hosts
Gordon Gerrard, Conductor
Topher Mokrzewski, Conductor
Calgary Opera Chorus
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Tracy Dahl, Soprano
Lida Szkwarek, Soprano
Norine Burgess, Mezzo-Soprano
Andrea Hill, Mezzo-Soprano
John Tessier, Tenor
Michael Marino, Tenor
Brett Polegato, Baritone
Andrew Love, Baritone

All proceeds, along with any donation gifts in lieu, go directly to Calgary Opera's Endowment for New Works and Emerging Artists.  These funds are eligible for matching from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Calgary Foundation.  Thanks to all artists and performers who have donated their services for this evening's fundraising effort, in honour of Bob McPhee.

For interest in purchasing tickets, please click here to select your seats.  If you cannot attend, but would like to MAKE A DONATION, click here.

For out of town guests, there is a preferred rate at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel for as low as $189.00 per night.  Click here to book accommodations!

Where & When

oct 03
7:30PM Tickets

Arts Commons

Jack Singer Concert Hall