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. 


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. 


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 Master Class session will be held at the Mamdani Opera Centre:
1315 - 7th Street SW

Master Class Series 4 - SONG BECOMES SCENE
Sunday, April 29 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm

Instructors:  Dawn Johnson, Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Resident Voice Teacher, and Robert Herriot, Acting Teacher and Stage Director, on bringing opera and song texts to dramatic life.

All of our previous Master Classes have featured more mature voices from the community along with the resident ensemble of Emerging Artists. However, in a departure on this occasion, Robert Herriot and Dawn Johnson have sought to engage some of the younger singers in the community to work with them in this public masterclass.

Both of these teachers working as a team, each of them with a special skill at working with younger voices look forward to engaging with 7 or 8 singers ranging in age from 12 to early 20s on everything from opera through music theatre and art song during what will be a
stimulating afternoon.


Dawn Johnson is a versatile singer with experience in opera, oratorio and musical theatre. Her theatrical experience encompasses production work with many prominent directors and music direction for several music theatre productions for the Alberta School for the Performing Arts. A dedicated teacher for over 20 years, Dawn recently retired from the faculty at Mount Royal University [formerly College] where she was a founding member of the vocal studies team at Mount Royal College, and directed opera and music theatre classes for the Vocal Studies Program. At present, she serves as the Resident Voice Teacher for Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program.  She received her Bachelor of Music with High Distinction from the University of Calgary and studied vocal pedagogy at the Oberlin Vocal Institute with Richard Miller.  Ms Johnson is a frequent adjudicator throughout Western Canada.


Canadian stage director, Robert Herriot, most recently directed Tosca for Calgary Opera and has been a frequent director for its main stage productions including The Magic Flute, La Boheme,The Barber of Seville, and Pirates of Penzance. He has also acted as Acting Instructor for the Emerging Artist Program and directed its Showcase productions of Beatrice and Benedict, The Spanish Hour, The Secret of Susanna, L’enfant et les sortileges, and Dr. Miracle.  His busy schedule has included productions of of Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Boheme, Carmen (Manitoba Opera), La Traviata (Opera Hamilton), Carmen (Arizona Opera), Don Pasquale (Opera Hamilton, Connecticut Opera, and Utah Opera) Pirates of Penzance, La Fille Du Regiment, HMS Pinafore (Edmonton Opera-winner of a Sterling Award for Outstanding Musical of the Season),Tosca and The Mikado , both nominated for the Sterling Award’s Best Musical Production 2011/2012 and Barber of Seville (Calgary Opera) which was nominated for a Betty Mitchell award for Best Musical of 2008/2009 season.  A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Music Faculty, he began his career on the stage in performance before turning his attention to directing.

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

TICKETS ($20 including GST)

Where & When

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Mamdani Opera Centre, 1315 7 St SW
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Mamdani Opera Centre, 1315 7 St SW
apr 08
2:00PM Tickets


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


Mamdani Opera Centre, 1315 7 St SW