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. 

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

Master Class 1 - VOICE AND ARTISTRY

Instructed by Michael McMahon - McGill University faculty member and one of Canada’s finest vocal coaches and accompanists.

Sunday, November 12 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at the Mamdani Opera Centre 

TICKETS ($20 including GST)

Master Class  2 - CONQUERING OPERATIC REPERTOIRE

Instructed by Maestro Timothy Vernon – Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria and renowned international opera and symphonic conductor.

Sunday, February 4  from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at the Mamdani Opera Centre 

TICKETS ($20 including GST)

Master Class 3 - ACHIEVING VOCAL EXCELLENCE

Instructed by Tracy Dahl – Guest Emerging Artist Voice Teacher and one of Canada’s premier sopranos, appearing on the world’s opera stages.

Sunday, April 8 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at the Mamdani Opera Centre

TICKETS ($20 including GST)

Master Class Series 4 - SONG BECOMES SCENE

Instructed by Dawn Johnson, Emerging Artist Resident Voice Teacher, and Rob Herriot, Calgary Opera Stage Director, on bringing opera and song.

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

TICKETS ($20 including GST)

Where & When

nov 12
2:00PM

VOICE AND ARTISTRY

Mamdani Opera Centre, 1315 7 St SW
feb 04
2:00PM Tickets

CONQUERING OPERATIC REPERTOIRE

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

ACHIEVING VOCAL EXCELLENCE

Mamdani Opera Centre, 1315 7 St SW
apr 29
2:00PM Tickets

SONG BECOMES SCENE

Mamdani Opera Centre, 1315 7 St SW