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. 


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

Taste of the Opera

Everyone loves a behind-the-scenes experience — be it film, the theatre or opera. Perhaps opera has a particular allure because it combines high production values, extravagant music, and grand visuals. As a way of engaging you in this special world, Calgary Opera offers a fun and informative evening prior to the opening of each mainstage production.

Taste of the Opera is exactly that, a ‘taste’ of each of the upcoming shows — a panel discussion with some of the opera’s key cast and/or creative team, a short performance and a Q&A period. The evening culminates with a taste of food and drink from the region in which the featured opera takes place.

Upcoming Taste of the Opera Dates:

Friday, November 10 at 7:00 pm
Mamdani Opera Centre (1315 - 7 Street SW)
Featuring The Barber of Seville
Taras Kulish, Interim Artistic Director, Host
Heather Moore, Head of Wardrobe discussing the storytelling through costuming.
Aaron Dimoff, Baritone performing the role of Don Basilio, the scheming music teacher
Performers:  Emerging Artists Morgan Traynor, Mezzo-Soprano, who will be covering the role of Rosina, and Geoffrey Schellenberg, Baritone, who will be covering the role of Figaro.

Mamdani Opera Centre
1315 - 7 Street SW
Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.  Panel Begins at 7:00 p.m.

Where & When

nov 10
7:00PM Tickets

Mamdani Opera Centre

1315 - 7 Street SW
jan 26
7:00PM Tickets

Mamdani Opera Centre

1315 - 7 Street SW
apr 06
7:00PM Tickets

Mamdani Opera Centre

1315 - 7 Street SW